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Immigration war is causing real pain to farmers‎

Published: May 29, 2012 11:30 am By: Bob Stallman

"Farmers and ranchers in states like Mississippi and Arizona are currently caught in the crosshairs of an immigration battle thatís been waged over state versus federal control. Arizona took their case for state authority (based on legislation S1070) all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in May and is expecting a decision later this month. In the meantime, other states are waiting in the wings to determine the impact the courtís decision will have on them.

For Arizona farmers, S1070 is only a band aid that has been applied over the festering, underlying problem of border security and of reforming the visa program to enable farmers to get the temporary and seasonal workers needed for their farms. Farmers and ranchers who live along the Mexican line deserve a secure border and a major component of that is having a visa program that allows a legal flow of workers back and forth across the border so border security officials can concentrate their resources on the illegal activities."

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