David Frum

04.19.13

The Reason Farm Workers Get a Fast-Track to a Green Card

Hispanic migrant laborer works in a tobacco field (Chris Hondros/Getty Images) ()

Behold, corporatism at work:

The Agricultural Workforce Coalition — which includes the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Nursery & Landscape Association and the National Milk Producers Federation among its members — said it will work with lawmakers to make sure that legislative language reflects the agreed-upon framework. ...

The United Farm Workers (UFW) said it was pleased with the agreement. ...

Under the framework, farm workers in the United States illegally can agree to work another five to seven years in the sector in order to earn a green card, according to Reuters. There will also be a high cap for visas that can be adjusted by the Agriculture Department after five years.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) helped to broker the agreement.

I can't think of a time producers and the United Farm Workers have ever agreed on an issue this big. Can any of you?