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California experiencing a shortage of farm laborers

A shortage of labor in California may affect the profitability of certain farms.  One California farmer pointed out rows of berries on his 150 acre farm that will remain unpicked because he does not have enough workers.

Around 70 percent of farmers in need of laborers to help with the growing of crops reported a shortage of workers during this past year.  There appears to be a similar type shortage this year as well.  This shortage appears to involve more workers taking on jobs in Mexico rather than the United States, additional enforcement of immigration laws in the U.S., and the unwillingness of American citizens to take on these sorts of occupations.

While employers are looking for new ways to advertise job availability on these farms, certain employers feel that immigration reform is the best way to address this problem. The Growers Shipper Association lists as their number one concern immigration reform in addressing the labor shortage.  The President of this organization states that the availability of experienced agricultural workers and a better way of getting these workers visas would help in the addressing of the labor shortage.

As California-based employment immigration attorneys, we understand that the ability to comply with immigration laws is vital to the allowing of immigrant workers into the United States. We have found that the allowance of such workers into the country can be as almost important to certain employers as it is for the immigrants and their families.

We can only work within the confines of the laws as these currently exist and hope to see changes made in the future. However, we will currently do what we can to meet the needs of employers and their immigrant workers.

Source: The California Report, "Could Immigration Reform Help California's Farm Labor Shortage?" Krista Almanzan, Oct. 3, 2013

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