Immigration reform could impact local farmers – WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

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Immigration reform could impact local farmers – WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

TY TY, GA (WALB) – South Georgia farmers are urging Congress to make a deal on immigration reform. Many farmers want the federal government to expand and improve a program that provides work visas to migrant workers because they say they simply can’t find enough south Georgians willing to do the work.

Year after year Lewis Taylor Farms hires hundreds of field workers, but nearly all of the local works quit. Only four workers hired since 2010 still work in the fields.

“The people aren’t staying here they just don’t want to work on the farm. It’s just too hot and nasty and in South Georgia we are fortunate enough to have gnats as well and not everybody likes those,” said Bill L. Brim President of Lewis Taylor Farms.

Brim also says the productivity he gets from domestic workers just doesn’t match that of migrant workers.

“It’s very hard to get a local to work in the field anymore or they just don’t want to do it no matter what it is and nobody wants to work in the fields,” said Brim.

Brim uses a federal program called H2H to hire migrant workers here on legal work visas. He says that program isn’t taking jobs away from local workers, because south Georgians won’t take the jobs. He’s pleased with the output he gets from his H3H workers.

“It’s very important to have people that want to work that will be here every day and show up for work on time. So, that is why we use the H2H program because our domestic people just won’t do it,” said Brim.

In order to keep his production up, he really needs something done in Congress. The Senate passed its version of immigration reform, but the bill is now stalled in the House. Brim is hoping for compromise.

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