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Texas Seeks US Permission To Import Foreign Workers To Its Fields

Persimmon grown near Austin, Texas.Lars Plougmann/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr

An official told the Trump administration that importing foreign workers is “critical for our agricultural economy."

It is no secret that immigrant workers are key to America’s agricultural industries, which makes it unsurprising that various sectors are feeling the effects of the Trump administration’s hardline stance on immigration -- from fields of unharvested produce to the Texas shrimp industry.

The Statesman reports that Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller petitioned the Trump administration Thursday to expand the H-2B visa program and allow more foreign temporary workers to help in the state’s affected industries.

“As Commissioner of Agriculture for the state of Texas, I am encouraging the Trump Administration to take immediate action and open the petition process under the H-2B Nonimmigrant Temporary Worker Program,” Miller said. “This is critical for our agricultural economy, as well as the small and seasonal businesses that rely on the temporary workers provided through the H-2B program in Texas.”

“As I’ve always said, Texas agriculture is on the forefront of the legal immigration issue,” Miller said. “Ag producers want a strong and clear legal immigration system where non-immigrant workers can help American industries survive, especially seasonal ones like shrimping, then leave the U.S. and return home. Stronger border security and cracking down on illegal immigration both serve to strengthen legal immigration, which in turn, helps our economy.”

The plea was addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and indicated federal assistance in the matter would be the difference between failure and success for the companies affected and economies they help support.

BUT BUT WAIT I thought all mexicans were MS13 rapist drug dealers who are taling away the jobs of good hard working muyrikans!?

That is why we need that wall that Mexico is going to pay for!?

Where are all the poor deprived and abused white men who are ever so hard working? Why arent they lining up to work instead of living off of welfare!?

Nice try but most everyone except the left are aware that is taken out of context and that in spite of the documented/published numbers and statistics on the high cost of illegal alien crime and incarceration by obama's justice dept, President Trump was not referring to ALL Mexicans who have come here illegally!! He also stated that there were many fine hard working individuals as well, the problem is, they're here illegally! Also, no one including Trump was expecting Mexico to just cut a check for the wall! Interesting you bring up "poor deprived White men"?? You're must be a typical radical leftist minority with the typical chip on your shoulder... Since it's not covered by your local and cable socialists news sources abc, nbc, cnn, msnbc, unemployment by all colors is at a 17 year low!! The question for you, our fine feathered liberal friend; As far as Agricultural Economy is concerned, what about the 20 million-plus illegal aliens already here and taking advantage of US Welfare tax dollars, why are they not working in the fields that a high percent were originally here for? Have they gotten too good for the labor that brought them here in the first place??

So when you say,'everyone except the left are aware', do you mean anyone to the left of you? Or is there some rubicon that establishes left from right? Perhaps if we weren't so openly hostile to folks of generally duskier hue we wouldn't now be seeing the decline of people coming here to contribute to our economy with their toil? So now the folks who are so very concerned about illegals here are now starting to see some blowback from their actions. When the agriculture starts to rot in the fields, as the tomato crops in Alabama did, do you think that might calm the rhetoric? Perhaps if we just didnt spend so much time and effort scoring points on the other side by carefully crafted sneering insults, we could get down to discuss how to solve the troubles of our nation? Ya think?

Nice try, all of you. Didn't we take a chunk of Mexico as our own?

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