October 7, 2007

AS LONG AS YOU LET THE WAHOOS THINK THEY'RE WINNING...:

U.S. lets in more immigrants for farms: The administration is quietly relaxing visa regulations because farmworkers are in critically short supply (Nicole Gaouette, October 7, 2007, Los Angeles Times)

With a nationwide farmworker shortage threatening to leave unharvested fruits and vegetables rotting in fields, the Bush administration has begun quietly rewriting federal regulations to eliminate barriers that restrict how foreign laborers can legally be brought into the country.

The effort, urgently underway at the departments of Homeland Security, State and Labor, is meant to rescue farm owners caught in a vise between a complex process to hire legal guest workers and stepped-up enforcement that has reduced the number of illegal planters, pickers and middle managers crossing the border.

"It is important for the farm sector to have access to labor to stay competitive," said White House spokesman Scott Stanzel. "As the southern border has tightened, some producers have a more difficult time finding a workforce, and that is a factor of what is going on today."

The push to speedily rewrite the regulations is also the Bush administration's attempt to step into a breach left when Congress did not pass an immigration overhaul in June that might have helped American farms. Almost three-quarters of farmworkers are thought to be illegal immigrants.


...you can import wogs by the millions.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2007 3:50 PM
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