Local farmers unhappy with immigration law

By: Nick Rothschild Email
By: Nick Rothschild Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Here in the Grand Valley a significant portion of our economy comes from agriculture, and due to immigration law some crops are going unpicked.

Farmers across Colorado are struggling to find dependable field workers, and some are blaming immigration laws.

It's not just about economic impact, though.

"We have a huge number of young people in this country that have lived in the United States their entire lives" says Carlyle Currier of the Colorado Farm Bureau, "they've grown up here theyve gone to our schools and yet they're not American citizens and they have no pathway to citizenship".

Groups urged congressman Scott Tipton to move for action in Washington. They hope to not only simplify the process of becoming a legal citizen, but also ensure those whose visas are expired leave when they're supposed to.

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