US farmers requesting more visa workers

Market to Market, PBS

The number of temporary agricultural workers requested through the H-2A program has nearly tripled in the past decade, from nearly 51,000 in 2005 to almost 146,000 in 2015, but the process remains difficult to navigate and in need of change.

Both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill have acknowledged that even the legal immigration system needs some kind of reform. It is still unclear as to what, if any, change will occur. Until that day arrives, farmers and ranchers will continue to complete the piles of paperwork required to get enough labor to bring in the harvest. Read more …