Mar 19

Immigrant Farm Workers in Colorado Tough Times

Farmers in Colorado are up in arms about the amount of paper work they have to fill out in order to hire immigrant workers. They claim delays leave produce in the field with no one to pick it. The farmers believe the paperwork is needlessly complicated, and that it is intentionally designed to keep legitimate immigrant workers out of the state. Even one slip up on the form will mean that it will be sent back.

The program in question is the H2-A which was created in 1952, and allows guest workers to stay in the country during the planting and harvesting season. Farmers claim that it is difficult to find local workers to do the work at a price either party thinks is reasonable. The law now requires that the grower provide the basic needs like housing and transportation, and they must be hired at a rate far over minimum wage.

Growers complain that the wheels of the departments involved are so slow that they cannot find pickers in time for the harvest season.