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No indentured servants wanted

The News-Times reported in “Larsen talks shop with business leaders (Aug. 25)” that Rep. Rick Larsen would like to see “a comprehensive solution for guest workers.”

The solution that Larsen supports is the AgJobs amnesty, H.R. 371. He is a co-sponsor of the bill. This bill would grant permanent legal status for up to 1.5 million farm workers and their families who are in the country illegally.

Who will pay for educating the children? Who will pay for free medical services provided in emergency rooms? Not the employers.

Moreover, if enacted, this bill would create indentured servants. An indentured servant is an unfree laborer under contract to work for a specified amount of time for another person in exchange for wages, food, housing or free passage to a new country. Indentured servitude was abolished by the 13th Amendment.

Guest workers must perform 2,587 hours of agricultural work within seven years of enactment or be deported. Employers can pay the minimum wage.

I think Rep. Larsen should not be co-sponsoring this bill. Tell Rep. Larsen what you think by sending him a free fax available on the Internet at www.NumbersUSA.com or by calling his Everett office, toll free, at 1-800-562-1385.

Linda Thom


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