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California farmers hoping for immigration reform

Some advocates note that California growers are facing a labor shortage in large part because immigration laws fail to allow for the existence of enough legal workers. It is in part due to this that farm leaders rallied on April 28 to call for Congress to put in place legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship.

A board member of the California Farm Bureau Federation believes that the problem is so serious that a failure to take action could result in productivity production being decreased that the family farm being threatened to go out of existence. "Congress must rectify this threat to the California economy, which anchors our nation's food supply, by passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation," she was quoted as saying. One Republican legislator from California was also praised by speakers for his support of immigration reform.

One individual present had moved from Mexico when she was six-years-old. She spoke at the rally concerning the hardships individual face when they are not considered to be documented. There are also approximately 11 million individuals in a similar situation to this woman. The reforms advocated could eventually lead to citizenship for many of these individuals.

For most individuals hoping for citizenship status, they cannot wait for politicians to act. Instead, they may need the services of legal counsel that can provide their matter the individualized attention it requires.

Attorneys can assist workers and employers in obtaining visas that will allow them to remain in the United States at least temporarily. Attorneys can then guide individuals through the process of obtaining citizenship by helping in filling out applications and by representation at various hearings.

Source: The Modesto Bee, "Farmers, worker advocates urge immigration reform," John Holland, April 28, 2014

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