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Written by Phillip Stucky

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein warned that President Donald Trump’s immigration plan would severely cripple the agriculture industry in a Wednesday evening interview.

“We’re the largest agricultural producer in America It’s a $50 billion industry. We employ tens of thousands of agricultural workers,” The Democratic senator said on CNN. “They are among a class that this would be prohibited. It would cripple agriculture if they didn’t have the people coming in to do this work,”

She went on to argue that Americans just aren’t interested in working in 100-degree temperatures. “So you would have a severe crippling of the largest ag industry in America, “she concluded.

The Trump administration worked with Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia to produce a bill that could halve the number of people legally accepted into the country over the next ten years, according to The Hill.

Feinstein isn’t the first senator to use that same line of attack against the bill known as the RAISE Act. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham announced he opposed the act due to its potential effects on agriculture in his home state.

“South Carolina’s number one industry is agriculture and tourism is number two,” the senator said in an official statement. “If this proposal were to become law, it would be devastating to our state’s economy which relies on this immigrant workforce.”

The act under consideration would only affect green card holders, a program that agriculture doesn’t rely on to find foreign workers. Instead, the industry largely finds labor through the H-2 work Visa program, something that isn’t even addressed in the RAISE Act.

Feinstein’s office did not immediately return a request for comment on the story.

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  • j. ray

    This is how disconnected they are from real life. They think we all live like they do I guess. She probably has someone to wipe her butt for her!

  • Charles Sroka

    IF THEY HAVE AN AGRICULTURE PROBLEM,,,,POLITICIANS LIKE FIENSTINE, WATERS, PULOSI, DELEON AND HIS ILLEGAL FAMILY AND OTHER ILLEGALS THAT ARE BEING PAID WELFARE CAN HELP WITH THE HARVESTING OF THE FRUIT,,,,THE BIG MOUTH DEMOCRATE POLITICIANS AND THE ILLEGALS JUST SITTING ON THEIR A$$ES ARE ALL GETTING PAID,,,,HAVE THEM DO SOME WORK,,,,,

    • adriatica

      Like they know what work is….

  • Jerry Coley

    DEM Graham said this–If this proposal were to become law, it would be devastating to our state’s economy which relies on this immigrant workforce.” I do believe he meant illegal immigrant. Open our border wider and let any one terrorist included in to our country. More welfare money spent,more American haters in here,to kill,rape and bomb what ever they want to. Wake up,people,we do not need to become another EU,look at what they have lost and losing,and so much fear for women and little boys,every day.Time to really get rid of these leaders,who will let American go down,like Graham,McCain and Flake,and many DEM Party members! But,also,the voters are as much to blame ,then any one else!

  • lawrence

    did not some senator tell how Obamacare would devastate our health system? yes, they did. Feinstein’s response? let it fall!

  • Joe Valley

    So farmers have to pay a couple dollars more per hour for help. Fruits and veggies cost more. Better than becoming Venezuela or Somalia.

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