Non-U.S. Workers and the Vermont Economy
10/24/07 12:55PM By Jane Lindholm
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When Congress failed to pass its comprehensive immigration bill in June, it left a number of Vermont resorts and other businesses scrambling for winter help. That’s because a provision in the existing law was allowed to expire – a provision that lifted the cap on low-skill guest workers to include returning workers as well.
In recent years, Vermont has become increasingly dependent on non-U.S. workers for certain jobs. Is this a good thing? We explore the pro’s and cons with industry representatives and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Also on the program, VPR’s John Dillon revisits the issue of illegal Mexican dairy workers. And we look in on the Jamaicans who keep the country’s oldest guest worker program running year after year.