Skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Imperial County Assemblyman Proposes Bill To Address Farmworker Shortage

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, urges lawmakers to approve his measu...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, urges lawmakers to approve his measure to place a $3 billion bond measure on the November ballot that would pay for improvements at state and local parks, June 23, 2016. The Assembly approved the measure on a 55-14 vote sending it to the Senate.

Imperial County Assemblyman Proposes Bill To Address Farmworker Shortage

GUEST:

Eduardo Garcia, assemblyman, District 56

Transcript

Farms across the country rely on laborers who are in the country illegally.

Between 50 percent and 70 percent of farmworkers in the U.S. are in the country illegally, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The farmworker shortage precedes President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric. But, some growers have said the rhetoric as made the shortage even worse.

A bipartisan group of California assembly members announced Wednesday new legislation to address the shortage in the state. It's called the California Resident Worker Program and Economic Stabilization Act.

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, who represents Imperial County and eastern Riverside County, is one of the co-authors of the legislation.

Garcia will join Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the proposed bill.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.