Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Prisoners to Work Colorado Fields - washingtonpost.com

Prisoners to Work Colorado Fields - washingtonpost.com

Ever since Colorado passed tough immigration laws last year, farmers have worried that the immigrant laborers they depend on to plant and harvest their crops will not show up in the fields this season. So, a state legislator has proposed a novel idea: Send in the prisoners.

"Thousands of immigrants and their families have left Colorado in the past year," Julien Ross, coordinator of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, said. Some of those are legal immigrants who do not understand the law and fear they could be deported for just a speeding ticket or other minor offense, Tafoya said.

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