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Visas Failing Farms And Workers

Although in need of workers, in San Diego county, you'll be hard-pressed to find a farmer who contracts temporary workers through the government's H2A visa program.
Helen Price
Although in need of workers, in San Diego county, you'll be hard-pressed to find a farmer who contracts temporary workers through the government's H2A visa program.

In San Diego County, agriculture is a nearly $2 billion business, and in recent years farmers say they have struggled to find workers. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a farmer who contracts temporary workers through the government's H-2A visa program. They say the legal temporary worker process is bound up in red tape.

As immigration reform talks heat up in Washington, D.C., we look at what farmers want out of a guest worker program, and what workers and their advocates want.

Full article to be published Jan. 28, 2013

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