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WH releases report on immigration legislation's effects on farming


The report, "Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits to Agriculture and Rural Communities," focuses on earnings in farm income and agriculture exports, which the White House says could expand if the agriculture industry could have greater access to qualified, willing workers.

"The agriculture industry is hampered by a broken immigration system that fails to support a predictable and stable workforce," the White House said in a release.

Agricultural producers cite difficulty in locating qualified, available, authorized workers as a reason for the high rate of undocumented labor, the report said.

"By providing a path to earned citizenship for currently unauthorized farm workers, the bipartisan Senate bill gives unauthorized workers and their families the security they need to invest in their own skills and education and pursue higher-paying employment," the White House said.

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