Jul 1, 2015Computer glitches fixed; farm workers arrive from Mexico
A few weeks ago, we reported on a labor crisis that was crippling agriculture in Washington state.
According to previous reports, H-2A workers were stranded at the American-Mexican border due to computer glitches. It appears that all issues have been resolved and the farm workers are headed to Washington.
Hundreds of farm workers from Mexico are now making their way to the Northwest after a major delay.
A computer glitch crippled the U.S. visa system, including a guest-worker program that Northwest farmers increasingly rely on.
Buses sat on the U.S. side of the Tijuana border, ready to shuttle workers north. Workers sat in hotels, waiting for a final stamp on their visa. They’d already waited two weeks. But finally, on Tuesday, it looked like all systems were go. Hundreds of seasonal workers will arrive at Washington farms this week.