Harvesting Justice – Federal Court Rejects Agribusiness Attack on Obama Administration Rules

Secretary of Labor Solis’s Policy on Migrant Farmworkers Remains in Force

Today, Judge Osteen of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, in Greensboro, held a hearing on the request for a preliminary injunction filed by the North Carolina Growers Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation in their lawsuit to overturn the H-2A program regulations issued by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. The new regulations issued by Secretary Solis became effective March 15, 2010. The Solis regulations primarily restored labor protections and processes under the H-2A agricultural guestworker program that the Bush-Chao Administration had taken away and replaced in regulations that became effective in January 2009, just before President Obama took office.

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