- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Some Oklahoma farmers are among those joining a national group calling for Congress to make changes to the nation’s immigration laws.

The Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform released a report Wednesday showing that fresh produce growers often don’t have enough labor to expand production.

A peach farmer from Porter and a vegetable grower in Shawnee are joining with officials from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau calling for a more coherent national immigration policy.

Kent Livesay of Porter says the current immigration system prevents farmers from hiring an effective seasonal workforce.

Claudia Crow of Crow and Sons’ Farms in Shawnee says the government should stop “harassing” job creators who he says also provide healthy local food.

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