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May 27, 2021

Biden immigration bill requires farmworker overtime, offers expedited citizenship

Congressional Democrats introduced a sweeping immigration bill backed by President Joe Biden that would require farms to start paying overtime and provide an expedited path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers.

The 353-page measure, which is built on Biden’s immigration reform plan and called the U.S. Citizenship Act, all but eliminates an exemption for farms from federal overtime and minimum wage requirements that is in current law. Family members would continue to be exempt.The bill doesn’t include any reforms to expand or replace the H-2A visa program for foreign farmworkers. Year-round work is ineligible for H-2A. Read more