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Immigrant Labor Provider Loses 9th Circuit Appeal

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The 9th Circuit dismissed the appeal of a company that claimed the government unfairly stripped it of the ability to provide temporary immigrant workers to U.S. farmers under the H-2A worker program.

The government permits Global Horizons to provide the workers if the company can show that there are not enough U.S. workers to do the work, and that the hiring of immigrants will not lower the wages and working conditions of similar U.S. laborers.

The Department of Labor found that Global Horizons improperly tried to certify 200 workers without showing the requisite need for the workers or that it had a contract lined up with a U.S. farmer. Global Horizons also knowingly gave false information about the firing of U.S. workers.

The circuit affirmed the government's findings on the grounds that Global Horizons had missed the seven-day deadline to file an administrative appeal. See ruling.

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