From The Associated Press
Republicans and Democrats are joining together to demand changes to the nation’s farm worker program as Congress looks to rework U.S. immigration laws.
Lawmakers and witnesses at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing Tuesday said the visa program that allows farmers to hire foreign workers is so unwieldy it accounts for only a very small percentage of the hundreds of thousands of farm workers hired in the U.S. And half or more of agriculture workers are here illegally, experts agree.
These workers play a critical role to the U.S. economy and food supply. But farmers and growers say their productivity and ability to keep operations in the U.S. is threatened by difficulties ensuring a stable labor supply, and that must change. Meanwhile workers said they should get more protections.