Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 17, 2013

Immigration reform bill gains support in Kentucky

FRANKFORT — Maybe most Kentuckians think immigration reform is important in California or Arizona but won’t have that much impact on the Bluegrass State.

H.H. Barlow, a Barren County dairy farmer, says that isn’t the case.

“Immigrant labor is absolutely essential to agriculture in Kentucky,” said Barlow, who operates a 130-cow dairy farm near Cave City. “It has a major economic impact on Kentucky and on the $5 billion agriculture economy.”

Barlow was part of a teleconference Wednesday after the so-called Gang of Eight U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill on immigration reform. The bill calls for strengthened border security and provides a tough 10-year process toward gaining citizenship for the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country.

It also provides for a new category of Registered Provisional Immigrants and requires employers to track the status of those they hire.

 

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