guest workers

NW Farmers Anxiously Await Overdue Guest Workers

Jun 30, 2015
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Hundreds of farm workers from Mexico are now making their way to the Northwest, after a major delay. A computer glitch crippled the U.S. visa system. Including a guest worker program that Northwest farmers increasingly rely on.

Buses sat on the U.S. side of the Tijuana border, ready to shuttle workers north. Workers sat at hotels, waiting for a final stamp on their visa. They’d already waited two weeks. But finally, on Tuesday, it looked like all systems were go. And hundreds of seasonal workers will arrive at Washington farms this week.