Agriculture Report – What Immigration Reform Could Mean to US Farmers

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Agriculture Report - What Immigration Reform Could Mean to US Farmers

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in the United States are experiencing two big problems. There is shortage of people to work in their fields. The workers they have are mostly from Latin America. But many have entered the with false documents. Farmers say that without immigration reform, both problems continue. The Imperial Valley is an agricultural area in the western of California near the border with Mexico. Temperatures there are above degrees Celsius during the summer months. As a result, not much in the Imperial Valley at this time of year. But in winter, the fields are filled with lettuce and celery. And in spring, farmers grow fruit like cantaloupe and watermelon. There also is to do in the fields during the summer. Francisco Saucedo uses equipment to prepare the land for planting in the autumn. He in Mexico and wakes up in the middle of the night, he can avoid long lines at the border crossing. Mr. Saucedo that if he did this kind of work in Mexico, he earn about $6 a day. But in the United States, he as much as $90 a dayFarmer Larry Cox says growing and vegetables depends on migrants, or day laborers, from Mexico. But he not enough laborers are crossing the border. Mr. Cox says it difficult to get visas to work in the United States. As result, many farm workers from Latin America carry false documents. Tom is president of the Western Growers Association, a US.. farmers' business . He says there are about 11 million workers in the United with false documents. More than one million of them work in . For VOA Learning English, I'm Carolyn Presutti.

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