Agriculture Interests Examine President's Immigration Plan


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(Stockton, CA)
Wednesday, November 30, 2005

There's already a shortage of farm laborers in the region. In fact, some growers lost a portion of their crops this fall because there wasn't enough help for the harvest.
Scott Hudson, the Agriculture Commissioner of San Joaquin County is among those who haven't yet determined just how the President's immigration plan will affect the labor situation. But Hudson says something needs to be done to allow immigrants from Mexico access to the Valley.

"Many farmers find themselves having difficulties in finding labor especially during harvest so anything that would help the labor situation would be needed."

The United Farm Workers Union blasted the administration's proposal to hand out more visas to foreigners with jobs, while cracking down on those who enter the country illegally.  A spokesman for the union says the proposal won't work and will ultimately result in a greater shortage of farm workers in California.