In February of this year, the article New farm labor rules comming, announced the Department of Labor's amendment of the H-2A program which now requires "employers who seek work visas for foreign workers [to]...document that they [also] sought qualified U.S. workers" for the same jobs. This new law was supposedly designed to protect jobs for U.S. Citizens as it encourages employers to use Citizens rather than foreign workers.
However, I believe that the exact opposite outcome will occur. Instead of protecting jobs, litigation like this will shift the job supply curve to the left as red tape and other road blocks like this will tempt employers to move their businesses overseas where they will have more freedom to act as they please.
Tom Nassif, President of Western Growers, commented on this new law and shared his feelings in regards to how the very job the law is supposed to protect only makes them more scarce when the said, "We know our produce is going to be harvested by foreign workers, the question is, will it be here in the U.S. or will it be abroad?"
Clearly, laws like this have good intentions but their ramifications only make doing business harder and less desirable in the U.S. I believe the solution to this problem is to deregulate business and to allow the "invisible hand" of markets to dictate terms and not the Government.