U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., along with Representatives Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, Ga.-01, Sanford Bishop, Ga.-02, Lynn Westmoreland, Ga.-03, Hank Johnson, Ga.-04, Rob Woodall, Ga.-07, Austin Scott, Ga.-08, Jody Hice, Ga.-10, Rick Allen, Ga.-12, David Scott, Ga.-13, and Tom Graves, Ga.-14, are calling on the Department of Labor to expedite its backlog of H-2A labor visa applications filed by Georgia farmers before irreparable damage occurs.
The Department of Labor has failed to approve H-2A visa applications submitted by Georgia farmers, leaving farmers across the state without sufficient labor. The specialty crop industry in Georgia relies heavily on the H-2A visa program to grow and harvest more than 20 different types of fruits and vegetables. Without labor through the H-2A visa program, the industry will be unable to operate at full capacity.