How Immigration Reform Could Impact Dairy Farmers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan effort to tackle immigration reform could be taking a toll on small business, especially dairy farmers.

A group of four democrats and four republicans on Capitol Hill are working on a reform which they say is very important for the agriculture community.

Minnesota and Iowa are big dairy states, and U.S. senator Al Franken says the system just won’t work for those farmers.

“Dairy farmers can’t access guest workers because the program that is available now under the system is only open to seasonal workers and you can’t milk cows seasonally,” he says.

Franken says the bill is not perfect, including the part of the system that “e-verifies” workers as being legally in the system.

He says there’s a glitch that turns out false positives.

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