To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for the temporary employment of foreign agricultural workers, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Helping Agriculture Receive Verifiable Employees Securely and Temporarily Act of 2011'' or the ``HARVEST Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. SENSE OF THE SENATE.
It is the sense of the Senate that-- (1) farmers and ranchers in the United States produce the highest quality food and fiber in the world; (2) abundant harvests in the United States allow this Nation to provide over \1/2\ of the world's food aid donations to help our international neighbors in need; (3) it is in the best interest of the American people for their agricultural goods to be produced in the United States; (4) the United States is the world's largest agricultural exporter and is one of the few sectors of the United States economy that produces a trade surplus; (5) the Secretary of Agriculture announced that the United States exported $108,700,000,000 worth of agricultural exports during fiscal year 2010; (6) Americans enjoy the highest quality food at the lowest cost compared to any industrialized nation in the world, spending less than 10 percent of our household income on food; (7) the continued safety of the agricultural goods produced in the United States is an issue of national security; (8) the agricultural labor...