Immigration Remains Major Problem

The failure of Congress to pass meaningful immigration reform remains a significant problems for farmers across the country, particularly as many farmers report sharp declines in available, legal farm labor.
For the past several years, immigration has become an increasingly hot button issue in American politics, with states like Arizona, Georgia, and Alabama passing tough new immigration laws designed to curb the flow of undocumented workers.
While several states have sought to deal with immigration issues on their own, the federal government appears unwilling to take action. While many representatives have paid lip service to the need for some sort of immigration reform, Congress has yet to pass a single bill relating to immigration reform.
With farmers anticipating a major decline in available farm labor, immigration has become an increasingly urgent issue. Farmers are mobilizing much of their political clout to convince Congress to pass major overhauls to the work visa program, overhauls that would allow more workers to enter the US legally and that would reduce the burden placed on farmers sponsoring foreign workers.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer