17 state attorneys general, led by Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach, filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration for allowing foreign farm workers to unionize.

“Federal law bans American farm workers from collective bargaining,” The Center Square noted.

“Kobach leads 17-state coalition in lawsuit over Biden’s temporary farm worker rule,” Kansas AG’s Office stated.

“Once again, Joe Biden is putting America last. He’s giving political benefits to foreign workers while American workers struggle in Biden’s horrible economy. I stand with American workers,” Kobach said.

The Center Square reports:

Filed on June 10 in the Southern District Court of Georgia, the complaint argues that the new rule from the U.S. Department of Labor is a rewrite of the National Labor Relations Act and that only Congress has the power to amend the NLRA.

Kobach contends that the new rule creates a situation where many temporary, foreign migrant farmworkers would have the power to unionize, unlike millions of American farmworkers — treating the foreign workers better than the Americans.

The lawsuit says that the U.S. Department of Labor thinks the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) allows it to make this new rule. Yet, the state attorneys general think differently. They contend that it doesn’t allow the department to provide H-2A visa workers with better working conditions than their American counterparts.

“The final rule goes above and beyond to provide… rights to H-2A workers. These are rights American farmworkers explicitly do not have under federal law,” the complaint reads. “…The final rule is simply a backdoor so that the agency can achieve a policy goal that requires legislation that it cannot convince Congress to pass.”

The attorneys general from the following states are included in the lawsuit:

Kansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

It also includes two private agricultural organizations.

Read the 31-page filing HERE.

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