Immigration Bill Would Help 100 Thousand Farm Workers In Ny

04.18.13 | Sarah Harnisch

The 844 page immigration bill unveiled Wednesday in Congress will help New York farmers tremendously. It would let many farmworkers stay in the U.S. permanently and would create a new visa to benefit dairy and horse farms that don't rely on seasonal help. And any farmworker who documents a sufficient work history over the last 2 years would be eligible for year round residency under a blue-card system, even if they entered the country illegally. The bill would affect 100-thousand farmhands in New York state. It will likely go up for a vote in the Senate in late May or early June, then in the U.S. house in the fall.