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Idaho Dairies Keep Tabs On Immigration Overhaul

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Idaho dairy officials say they are keeping a close eye on Congress as it attempts to change the nation's immigration system.
    
The industry's interest is simple: Idaho's dairies depend on foreign workers.
    
Some dairy industry officials have said 75 percent of workers in Idaho are noncitizen immigrants. Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho has said that number may be higher.
    
The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/12aIx8J ) that the focus for state industry officials whether Congress changes the way visas are issued to migrant workers.
    
A bill was introduced in the Senate last month that includes an opportunity for immigrant dairy workers already in the country to get a work visa.
    
Milk Producers of Idaho Lobbyist Brent Olmstead says changing visa rules is not a controversial component of the current immigration debate.
    
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