Farmers weigh in on bill allowing permits for fieldworkers

Jul 19, 2015 1:08 PM by News Staff

ATWATER, Calif. (AP) - Some Merced County farmers say a bill that would allow farmworkers who live in the country illegally to access work permits could be a solution to labor shortages.

The Merced Sun Star reports Saturday that Merced-area farmers find the proposal makes sense for their business.

Farmer Marc Marchini of J. Marchini Farms in Le Grand said that, depending on the season, it can be very difficult to find good labor.

The bill being considered by California legislators would establish a program for fieldworkers who already reside in the state without authorization instead of granting a temporary work visa to foreign laborers as existing programs do. Under AB20, the workers, their spouses and children who are in school could remain in the state without threat of deportation.

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