A quiet try to let in immigrant farmworkers – Full Story
Labor shortage has Bush team worried
Nicole Gaouette, Los Angeles Times
Sunday, October 7, 2007
(10-07) 04:00 PDT Washington —
With a nationwide farmworker shortage threatening to leave unharvested fruits and vegetables rotting in fields, the Bush administration has begun quietly rewriting federal regulations to eliminate barriers that restrict how foreign laborers legally can be brought into the country.
“It is important for the farm sector to have access to labor to stay competitive,” said White House spokesman Scott Stanzel. “As the southern border has tightened, some producers have a more difficult time finding a workforce, and that is a factor of what is going on today.”