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Immigrant workers essential for agriculture

Supporters of immigration reform feel that a labor shortage in the United States could result in the process moving along at a quickened pace. The California Farm Bureau Federation, for example, has reported a worker shortage for growers of fruits and vegetables ever since there has been stricter enforcement of our borders during the past two or three years.

Many groups associated with agriculture have also expressed concerns regarding the shortage of workers. We are seeing more signs along the roads advertising for agricultural workers, and employers are even advertising on the radio and offering greater incentives for employees.

Many in the agricultural industry are convinced that some sort of action does need to be taken by the government. The President and General Counsel of the Grower-Shipper Association stated: "We need access to a legal, stable workforce, and that includes the people who are here now that have been working in the agriculture for many, many years, as well as a visa program to get temporary workers in this country at the times, and numbers that we need them." He is also concerned that if action is not taken, the United States could become dependent upon a foreign food supply.

As we've said many times, we can only wait and see what federal legislators actually attempt to pass. However, as attorneys for immigrant workers we can stress the need to officials why these workers need to be allowed or remain in this country. Businesses that hire on immigrant workers are receiving a number of benefits by their actions. It also appears that these workers are providing a benefit for the agricultural industry as a whole as well.

Source: Fresh Plaza, "US: Labor shortage hastens push for immigration reform," July 29, 2013

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