Immigrant Farmworkers

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there are many economic benefits of common-sense immigration reform for New York.

Vilsack, who hosted a media conference call Wednesday, says the numbers are a cause for national concern. Maureen Torrey, former chair of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, is an 11th generation farmer in western New York.

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Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that would allow immigrant farm-workers who are in the country illegally to drive in Vermont, with a new type of driver's privilege card.