Brownback Warns against Mixing Immigration, Farm Bill

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Senator Sam Brownback says putting immigration provisions in the farm bill will doom the legislation.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California wants to add a guest-worker program for agricultural workers to the farm bill. Brownback says he will oppose that, even though he supports separate provisions for agricultural workers.

Brownback says the current program allows 40,000 agricultural workers into the country each year -- the maximum the current system can process. But the marketplace needs a half million migrant workers each year.

Brownback says that encourages illegal immigration because producers need farm workers.

The five-year farm bill provides about 280 billion dollars and continues most subsidies to producers of major crops.

The farm bill was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee and now goes to the full Senate.

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