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Posted - Jan. 7, 2004 at 10:23 a.m.



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Next time you sit down to a meal, take a moment to think about how that lettuce came to be in your salad, or the carrots in your soup.

Someone somewhere helped harvest the crops that made it to your table.

Chances are it was someone illegally in the United States, but here nonetheless to perform a job few of your fellow Americans would do.

It’s a fact of life – agribusiness, and much of the American economy depends on workers without legal status.

Faced with that reality, a measure is making its way through Congress to help bridge the disparity between the nation’s broken immigration policy and the reality of who actually migrates into the land for work.

In KSL’s view, the Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act, co-sponsored by Utah Congressman Chris Cannon is well thought-out, appropriate and timely. Essentially, by establishing a “guest worker” program, it would create “legal channels to meet the labor requirements of America’s agriculture industry.” At the same time, studies suggest passage of the act would help stem the flow of illegal immigration.

KSL encourages establishment of a guest worker program through passage of the so-called AGJOBS Act. Let it become a model for other American industries that rely on so-called “illegals” to do the jobs many American citizens shy away from.

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