Plan to let Colorado farmers hire immigrant labor being considered |

Plan to let Colorado farmers hire immigrant labor being considered

DENVER (AP) ” Farmers are waiting to learn whether state lawmakers can help them hire temporary immigrant workers to harvest crops.

State lawmakers are set to resume a hearing Thursday on a bipartisan proposal to speed up the processing of federal visas for the workers. The bill would also allow the state to help recruit workers from Mexico.

Farmers would still have to follow federal law, which sets the wages for the workers, and the workers would have to return home or forfeit some of their pay.

Labor unions and immigration rights groups oppose the move, fearing it could lead to exploitation of the workers.

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