Employment immigration is a topic of immense concern to California farmers, who believe the only way they can stay in business is to hire foreign guest workers to keep up with the demands of their work. However, there is a pending bill in Congress that would most likely defeat the farmers' intent. The bill would require use of E-Verify, a federal database designed to check on an employee's legal status. Some in Congress believe illegal aliens are taking jobs away from American citizens. Farmers disagree and are fighting for temporary work permits for foreign laborers.
Immigrants arriving to US in hopes to find work may find themselves running into difficulty in the California agricultural industry. The Obama administration has proposed a system that would require American business people to process all employees through program known as E-verify. The program is designed to provide employers with confirmation that their employees are legally qualified to work within the United States. Using the program would mean that every employee would have to hold a temporary work permit or work visa prior to employment.