Migrant Labor

Immigration
5:08 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Farmworker Advocate Says Obama’s Move On Deportation Doesn’t Do Enough For Agricultural Workers

Rosalinda Guillen estimated the national number of farmworkers to be affected by President Obama's deportation change is about 250,000, but is unsure what it is for Washington state.
Credit Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Rosalinda Guillen heads Community to Community Development, a group that advocates for farmworker rights. She said she doesn’t know how many of them in Washington state President Obama's deportation change will apply to, but nationally the estimate is about 250,000.

“We are really concerned about the number of farmworkers that will actually qualify under this executive action and then whether there’s going to be real relief so that the agricultural industry has what they’ve been asking for all along, quote unquote, a legal workforce,” Guillen said.

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Oregon License
6:55 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Oregon Driver Card Campaign Kicks Off

Credit Oregon Department of Licensing

Oregonians will vote this fall on whether its residents should be able to apply for drivers’ licenses regardless of their immigration status. Supporters of the measure kicked off their campaign yesterday.
 

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Apple Picker Shortage
4:52 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Labor Shortage Hits Some Apple Growers Hard

Washington apple growers have been having a hard time finding workers to pick their fruit.
threefatcats Flickr

The apple harvest season is starting to wrap up across the Northwest. Despite record yields, many farmers had trouble getting their time-sensitive crop off the trees because of a short labor supply.

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Northwest News
9:55 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Washington’s Strong Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked

Amilia Magno, 23, of Pasco, hefts a heavy load of buckeye gala apples in Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash. This year in Washington state farmers say apple pickers are in very short supply.
Anna King


Washington state apple farmers are gearing up to harvest the second-largest crop in history, but it appears there won't be enough workers to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough. The shortage comes as apple prices are high because of crop damage elsewhere in the country. Correspondent Anna King has our report from an apple orchard outside of Prescott, Washington.

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Worker Shortage
3:46 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Washington’s Asparagus Farmers Face Labor Shortage

Jim Middleton is a asparagus farmer north of Pasco. He’s had to disk under 15 acres of asparagus in the hopes he can get someone to help harvest next week.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

Washington asparagus farmers are plowing out giant fields during what should be the prime of their harvest season. That’s because there is a shortage of migrant farmworkers this year.

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