Sunday, February 19, 2012

Washington Agricultural Industry Seeks Immigration Reform

From Yakima Herald-Republic:

More Washington farmers are expected to turn to a federal foreign guest worker program out of concern that last fall's labor shortage will only get worse in 2012, employer advocates say.

And Washington's agriculture director said he believes solving agriculture's labor needs through comprehensive immigration reform may require a nationwide groundswell similar to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

"It will take that much effort to solve this," Agriculture Director Dan Newhouse, a Sunnyside farmer and former state representative, told a farm labor conference here last week.

That reform, farm interests argue, must include some form of a guest worker program that allows nonresidents to enter the country legally for agricultural work. Read more...

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