Farmers Look to Immigration Reform

With the 2012 election over and with much of the heated, ideological rhetoric receding, farmers are hoping that they will be able to address immigration reform now that the intense political spotlight has faded.

For the past several years, immigration has remained a hot button issue in American politics. With states like Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia passing tough new immigrations laws (laws that have cost the farm sector significant revenue in the form of lost labor man-hours) some political pundits believed that the country would not likely pass any sort of comprehensive immigration reform in the near future.

With the 2012 election partially hinging on Hispanic voters (who broke for President Obama by more than 20 points), however, some political insiders believe that immigration reform could receive bipartisan support from politicians hoping to court Hispanic voters.

“This is a very ripe moment in the political debate about agricultural labor,” said some farm labor reformers.

In particular, the farm sector is hoping to achieve a new work visa program that would loosen restrictions on employers and would allow more workers to temporarily cross over into the United States to find work.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer