November 23, 2014

SOMEONE HAS TO DO THE WORK WHITE PEOPLE WON'T:

Farmers Urge Congress to Legalize Agriculture Workers (MIRIAM JORDAN, Nov. 23, 201, WSJ)

For four years, Fred Leitz has seen vegetables and fruits on his 600-acre family farm go unpicked. For even longer, he has been urging Congress to pass an immigration overhaul that solves the labor shortage.

"We've gotten nowhere," said the fourth-generation Michigan grower, who visits Washington four or five times a year.

President Barack Obama took executive action Friday to temporarily legalize millions of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, though the program doesn't specifically address agriculture. Under the plan, an estimated 250,000 farm workers likely would be eligible for relief from deportation and for work permits, the United Farmworkers Union said. That is a fraction of total number of undocumented workers toiling in U.S. fields, say farmers, who hope that Mr. Obama's decision to take unilateral action will propel Congress to achieve a legislative solution that addresses agriculture workforce needs.

"Our concern is they are so busy pointing fingers at each other they won't get down to business," said Ed Schoen, a New York dairy farmer and board member of the Dairy Farmers of America, which represents a third of U.S. dairy farmers.

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