Farmers advocating for state temporary worker bill

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A bill to help farmers apply to the federal H-2A guest worker program has hit a snag in the Legislature. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Marsha Looper, R-Callhan, would help farmers complete the application process in exchange for a fee of about $200. The state would hire labor firms that work in Mexico to find workers and handle logistics with U.S. consulates there.

Immigration advocates opposing the bill told a panel of state lawmakers the federal guest worker program is a form of indentured servitude. Unions joined in the opposition, calling for national immigration reform rather than state-level solutions.

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