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Under CA proposal, farm, service workers without legal US residency could get work permits




Immigrant farm workers harvest a spinach field on February 24, 2017 near Coachella, California.
Immigrant farm workers harvest a spinach field on February 24, 2017 near Coachella, California.
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State lawmakers have introduced a bill aiming to help create a work permit program for farmworkers and service industry employees who are not legal U.S. residents.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the bipartisan Assembly Bill 1885 was announced in Sacramento press conference on Wednesday by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), Assemblywoman Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) and Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia). Garcia said the proposal would bring more agriculture workers amid a labor shortage due to heightened federal immigration enforcement.

The assembly members would create a group to develop the program model, which would have to be submitted to the governor. The model would then be sent as a formal request to the federal government, or return to the state Legislature to be applied.

Larry speaks to a supporter and critic for a debate on the proposal.

Guests:

Devon Mathis, Republican Assemblymember representing California’s 26th District, which encompasses the southeastern parts of the Central Valley; he is one of the co-authors of AB 1885

Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies