In the push for immigration reform, this week White House released this new report detailing benefits of the bipartisan Senate immigration bill for agricultural and rural communities.
According to the report, farmers have difficulty finding qualified and legal farmworkers to fill their needs. In the period between 2005-2009, about half of all crop workers were working without legal authorization. Between 2007-2011, there was an average of 505,000 noncitizen farmworkers, which includes authorized and unauthorized workers.
The Senate immigration bill that was passed in June would provide a pathway to citizenship for agricultural workers and their families. It would also establish a temporary worker program for agricultural workers to meet future labor needs.
Read the full report here.