According to a warning that California Sen. Dianne Feinstein gave to President Trump in a Wednesday evening interview, his immigration plan would severely cripple the agriculture industry.
“We’re the largest agricultural producer in America. It’s a $50 billion industry. We employ tens of thousands of agricultural workers. They are among a class that this would be prohibited. It would cripple agriculture if they didn’t have the people coming in to do this work,” The Democratic senator said on CNN.
She continued saying that Americans aren’t interested in working in 100-degree temperatures.
“So you would have a severe crippling of the largest ag industry in America,“ she concluded.
The Hill reports that in order to create a bill that could halve the number of people legally accepted into the country over the next ten years, the Trump administration worked with Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham announced also opposed the act, as it could negatively effect the agriculture in his home state.
“South Carolina’s number one industry is agriculture and tourism is number two. If this proposal were to become law, it would be devastating to our state’s economy which relies on this immigrant workforce,” the senator said in an official statement.
But, the act would only affect green card holders, a program that agriculture doesn’t rely on to find foreign workers.
The industry seeks workers through the H-2 work Visa program, which isn’t even addressed in the RAISE Act.
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