News Summary: Farmers worry over immigration bills

As immigration bills face uncertain fate, farmers plead for help with chronic labor shortage

Associated Press

FARM LOBBYING: From Christmas tree growers in the Appalachians to Wisconsin dairy farmers, agricultural leaders are pleading with Congress for an immigration bill that includes more lenient and less complex rules for hiring farm workers.

THE BACKDROP: Farmers' complaints about a shrinking labor pool are being overshadowed by the ideologically charged issues of border security and giving legal status to people in the country illegally.

WHERE IT STANDS: A measure that recently cleared the Democratic-led Senate contained provisions that the farm lobby said were promising. The Republican-controlled House is expected to take up the issue shortly.

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