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Rep. Zoe Lofgren & Sen. Dianne Feinstein Introduce Ag Amnesty Bill

Rep. Lofgren & Sen. Feinstein

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would provide a permanent amnesty to certain illegal farm workers in the United States. Under the legislation, qualifying illegal-alien farm workers would receive a temporary work permit to continue farm work. They would be eligible for green cards after three years.

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Washington Post Writer Falsely Claims RAISE Act Will Keep Peach Pickers Out of U.S.

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  by  Eric Ruark

Opinion journalist Reuben Navarrette, Jr. recently made the claim that the RAISE Act would prevent U.S. farmers from employing crop workers. Anyone familiar with the bill knows that it focuses solely on how the federal government issues immigrant visas, and agribusiness will continue to have access to an unlimited supply of agricultural guest workers under the H-2A program.

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'Colbert Hearing' Makes Case AGAINST AgJOBS Amnesty

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  by  Chris Chmielenski

Comedy Central Comedian Stephen Colbert testified before the House Immigration Subcommittee on Friday morning on behalf of illegal migrant workers. While Colbert and two other pro-Amnesty panelists presented a sympathetic case for legalization of illegal migrant workers, their testimony also exposed the major flaws with the AgJOBS Amnesty proposal.

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Congress should act now on AgJobs bill

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In spring, whenever storm clouds gather heavy with hail capable of ripping fragile crops to shreds, my Kansas-born mother always offers the same reflection: ''I'm sure glad I'm not a farmer anymore, depending on the weather, which is so undependable.'' In late summer, as the rains become scarce and harvests are endangered by horticultural thirst, there she is again: ``I'm sure glad I'm not a farmer anymore, depending on the weather, which is so undependable.''http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/other-vie

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No Shortage of Farm Workers in Florida

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The home building industry was one of the hardest hit with the onset of the current recession, and the impact sent an abundance of workers from the construction site to the farms. According to a report in the St. Petersburg Times, farmers in suburban Tampa’s Plant City saw no shortage of farm workers this spring despite the efforts of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) who proposed the AgJOBS Amnesty late last week.

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Farms and Immigrants

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The immigration system, broken in a thousand places, needs a multitude of fixes, from the borders to the workplace to the status of would-be Americans waiting in limbo overseas and toiling in shadows here. A new bill called AgJobs, introduced in the House and Senate, addresses some of those problems. It seeks to relieve chronic farm labor shortages while protecting rights and opportunities for immigrant workers.

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Vermont dairy farms count on illegal immigrants

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In Burlington and Middlebury, police have policies in place not to bother Hispanics about immigration issues unless they're breaking the law.

And recognizing that the farms are vulnerable to enforcement sweeps, even Allbee is part of an emergency response team that is ready to step in and do chores if a farmer's workers are ever hauled away on immigration charges (The team has never been used.).

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Guest worker program for agriculture sought

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Unemployment is soaring. Yet advocates and Congressional leaders want a guest worker program that would legalize tens of thousands of undocumented agriculture workers.

Proponents say they want a legal work force to pick the nation's tomatoes, peppers and lettuce. Opponents call it amnesty for illegal workers at a time Americans are losing their jobs.

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Senate panel adds immigration measure to Iraq supplemental

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"The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday added to an Iraq spending bill a controversial provision to help pave the way for undocumented agriculture workers to win legal status, a move that may reopen the divisive immigration debate on the Senate floor...." http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/senate-panel-adds-immigration-measure-to-iraq-supplemental-2008-05-15.html

Manu Raju, The Hill, 15 May 2008

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Sen. Hutchison (R-Texas) -- Favors Guest-Worker Program

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Hutchison made clear the GOP plan, shaping up as the rival to Feinstein's AgJobs bill, would not offer citizenship to the temporary workers.

"The problem we had in the last bill was the controversy over amnesty," Hutchison said when asked how her legislation could avoid the fate of the proposed comprehensive immigration fix.

Sessions, who called AgJobs a "massive amnesty," is pressing for a program that would allow foreign workers to stay in the U.S. for as long as 10 months and then return home before applying to re-enter for another temporary work cycle...