Farm worker dispute holding up immigration bill
April 5th, 2013
04:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Farm worker dispute holding up immigration bill

Washington (CNN) – A sharp disagreement over the future treatment of undocumented workers on America's farms is holding up progress on the comprehensive immigration reform bill being considered by the Senate's so-called "Gang of Eight."

The two key sticking points are wages and the number of visas to be granted to undocumented farm workers, two sources close to the talks confirmed Friday.

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  1. Tommy G

    UNIONS have killed immigration bills before. I'm sure they will do the same now. Besides Democrats need to keep this as an issue to keep their new minions, the hispanics, on the Democrat plantation.

    April 5, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. steve

    Why wouldn't you just pay them min wage??

    April 5, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. rs

    When it comes right down to it, even if all of the differences are ironed out, someone in the GOP will filibuster the Immigration bill and kill it. They just can't help themselves, they are addicted to political chaos.

    April 5, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    yeah, that's what they need to do . . . do like the Perry does down here . . . pay them min wage . . . OR . . . IF you can get by with it – pay them LESS than min wage – isn't that the Perry way ? pitiful- just pitiful, I tell ya. I would move if I had to bring up a child down here, In order to give them a proper education, I would go north – ( like very much north – east) to give them a good education. Yep, just pay 'em less than min wage, isn't that how the repubs think ? lol

    April 5, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "UNIONS have killed immigration bills before. I'm sure they will do the same now. Besides Democrats need to keep this as an issue to keep their new minions, the hispanics, on the Democrat plantation."

    Unions actually cut a deal with the Chamber of Commerce about what they each will find to be a good compromise on immigration reform and if the unions end up opposing what comes out of this gang of 8 nonsense, it will be because the 8 idiots involved didn't pattern the deal after what the unions and the Chamber fo Commerce came up with....and having special treatment and loopholes in place to give special treatment to midwest farmers so the GOPers can pander to them is precisely the kind of thing that might cause that breakdown.

    April 5, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "someone in the GOP will filibuster the Immigration bill and kill it."

    Cruz and a coule others have already promised to do so if it contains anything remotely resembling a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

    April 5, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Thomas

    At least give them big bonuses like most CEOs !

    April 5, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. just askin

    so have the democrats and obama agreed to actually guard and protect our southern border so we don't have anohter 20 million illegals here in a few years, all lookin' for their own little amnesty bonanza??? of course not. because that is exactly what they want to have happen.

    April 5, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Larry in Houston

    Cruz ? you say Cruz ? LOL – well, if it were up to our 3 amigos down here – ( Cruz / "corny" Cornyn / & Ted Poe) they would filibuster it, and everything else that would just so "happen" to help the avg. person.

    April 5, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "so have the democrats and obama agreed to actually guard and protect our southern border so we don't have anohter 20 million illegals here in a few years, all lookin' for their own little amnesty bonanza??? of course not. because that is exactly what they want to have happen."

    Most troops and tech on the border in our history. Records every year for number of deportations. Net illegal immigration down to ZERO. And yet here you are continuing to pretend that Obama/Dems have done nothing about border security...all because the election of a black man by the vast majority of the minority population and continuing demographic shifts have you angry that your "white people country" is being taken away by darky?

    Have you been huffing Glade from a plastic CVS bag? I think you have.

    April 5, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. PJ

    "so have the democrats and obama greed to actually guard and protect our southern border..................."
    ---–
    The Obama Administration has deported a record number of illegals. Look it up.
    Texas is a border state. The State Legislature has introduced a bill that would fine anyone hiring an illegal
    $10,000, BUT, they would exclude domestic help, "lawnworkers", and caretakers ( and you can fit a lot of
    people into those categories).
    So, it helps when you understand that the Tea Party (aka Republicans) want it both ways down here.

    April 5, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Larry in Houston

    I guess if I were an illegal trying to "come in" – – I most definitely would Not Go Thru Nevada / Arizona & other states. I would come IN through Houston, like they have been coming in, for years & years. Those people may not pay into any s.s. or any type of taxes, but believe me, they know how to make money, it seems like. I wonder if anybody in any other state can their grass mowed for 10 bucks, or 20 bucks – for almost 1/3 of an acre ? lol – as far as I'm concerned, it IS, what it IS. Everybody I talk to, says : "let 'em come in" "it keeps the prices down"

    April 5, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Thomas

    @Tommy G
    UNIONS have killed immigration bills before. I'm sure they will do the same now. Besides Democrats need to keep this as an issue to keep their new minions, the hispanics, on the Democrat plantation.

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    A plantation is a long, artificially-established forest, farm or estate, where crops are grown for sale, often in distant markets rather than for local on-site consumption. The term plantation is informal and not precisely defined. Plantations are grown on a large scale as the crops grown are for commercial purpose.

    April 6, 2013 01:27 am at 1:27 am |