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Joe Marino

Sun Valley Orchards is a fourth-generation family farm in southern New Jersey run by two brothers: Joe and Russell Marino. They grow a variety of fresh vegetables, including peaches, peppers, squash, eggplant, cucumbers and asparagus.

During the 2015 harvest season, the Marinos decided for the first time to participate in the Department of Labor’s H-2A visa program, which allows farms to bring migrant immigrant labor into the United States to fill agricultural jobs.

Thanks mostly to a simple paperwork error, the Marinos are fighting against $550,000 in penalties. IJ is representing them in suit that challenges the unconstitutional system DOL crafted to enforce the rules it writes.

  • September 8, 2021    |   Private Property

    Sun Valley Administrative Appeal

    Family Farm Facing Ruinous Fines for Paperwork Mistake Sues Agency that Acts as Prosecutor, Judge and Jury

    In early 2016, federal agents from the U.S. Department of Labor came to Sun Valley Orchards to hand-deliver a letter. According to the letter, the farm—a fourth-generation family farm in southern New Jersey—was being ordered to pay the government over $550,000. The bulk of that amount (over $320,000) was because of a single paperwork violation.…

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