A Miami, Florida-based nursery school has been accused of discriminating eligible Americans in blue-collar agricultural jobs in Georgia and importing foreign H-2A visa workers instead.
This month, the Labor Department announced A judge confirmed the agency’s investigation into Pure Beauty Farm Inc. This required the nursery to pay certain employees about $200,000 in fines and about $18,000 in unpaid wages.
As part of the agency’s findings, Pure Beauty Farm Inc. offered preferential treatment to foreign H-2A visa workers in the hiring process, specifically for agricultural jobs at its farm in Greensboro, Georgia. is said to have given
Pure Beauty Farm Inc. recruited 29 eligible Americans after asking them to provide documentation that they had experience working in a childcare center, a requirement not required for foreign employers on H-2A visas. rejected the application from
In addition, Pure Beauty Farm Inc. violated the housing rules of the H-2A visa program and forced foreign workers to live in cramped rooms with problems such as debris, unusable fire alarm systems, mold damage, and unclear bathrooms. allegedly pushed into place.
However, rather than ban the importation of foreign H-2A visa workers, the agency is allowing nurseries to continue using the program under third-party supervision for the next three years.
The H-2A visa program allows U.S. agricultural companies to outsource an unlimited number of U.S. jobs to foreign workers each year. Foreign workers can extend their stay for up to three years. Foreign family members of H-2A workers can also come to the United States on H-4 visas.
As Breitbart News has documented over the years, the program is often used to replace Americans and maintain a low-cost agricultural workforce.
In 1997, over 16,000 foreign visa workers were imported to the United States for agricultural jobs. By 2021, that number had ballooned to a record 258,000 foreign visa workers, and the H-2A visa program had increased him more than 1,500% in less than 25 years.
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