For U.s. Farmers And Mexican Workers, It's Tough Being Legal

Employers say guest visa rules are complex and costly. Labor groups say they fail to protect workers. Fixing things won't be easy.CRUMPLER, N.C. — There are millions of undocumented workers in America, and thousands of employers who illegally hire them.

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    04/12/2024 - 1:00 am | View Link
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    08/31/2018 - 11:30 am | View Link
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