The sponsor of an immigration bill suspected to reduce the agriculture labor force in the U.S. says his legislation will not impact temporary workers, which are often used in agriculture production. Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue wrote colleagues last week after concerns were raised about how the bill would impact farm workers. Referring to comments by Senate Republican Lindsay Graham, that the proposal would hurt his state’s agriculture and tourism industries, Perdue said: “What we’re focused on in this bill is permanent legal immigration — green cards only,” according to the Hagstrom Report. Because of that, Senator Perdue says the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy, or RAISE Act, would not affect programs that bring farm workers into the United States on a temporary basis.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.