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Labor to review Bush guest-worker rules

March 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has announced that her department will reconsider Bush Administration rules on the nation's guest farm worker program. The former president overhauled the rules to make it easier for farmers to hire foreign field workers. Solis says she is planning to suspend the program for nine months so the rules can be reviewed.

There has been widespread criticism of the Bush administration rules. Farmworker advocates say they will lead to lower wages for field workers and erode labor protections.

Growers say the "fix" doesn't streamline the process of hiring workers, and doesn't provide the comprehensive immigration reform they're seeking.


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