Karst chat with Dan Fazio: Obama needs to back H-2A

11/30/2011 02:02:00 PM
Tom Karst

The Administration is saying, legalize people who are here now and then you won’t need a guest worker program. That’s exactly what we did in 1986. We legalized the people that were here and we did not get a guest worker program. Shouldn’t it tell you something that with all the I-9 audits, raids and all this other stuff people are doing to make it hard for people to hire undocumented people, that 70% of our seasonal work force is undocumented? (Growers) still hire them, because there is no alternative. They would rather hire legal workers if they could, but they can’t. The people that are doing H-2A are like crusaders in a way. We’ve kept doing business because we believe in the idea of a legal and stable work force at an affordable price and that is what we are pushing for. We’ve got a lot of interest in H-2A programs, and we have done a lot of innovate type stuff, getting two or three growers together, making things work. It would just be better if the government would helps us instead of hindering us.


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