Thursday, May 22, 2008

Guest Worker Program Dies in U.S. Senate

Washington--A proposal by Idaho Senator Larry Craig designed to ease the apparent farm worker shortage in Idaho and across the United States has died in the U.S. Senate.
Craig told reporters earlier this week that the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration legislation has cost $8 billion in crop losses so far. "This amendment was a clean, simple, temporary measure to sold an emergency in agriculture."

The Senate dropped the agricultural guest worker plan from the latest Iraq war spending bill after approval last week by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senator Craig said his plan would have granted temporary legal status to some 1.35 million illegal immigrants who work on U.S. farms as well as their spouses and children. The proposal was supported by the United Farm Workers union as well as farm organizations.

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