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Drought isn't the only crisis for California farmers. Adding to the shortage of water, there's a shortage of legal labor for the summer harvest that's already under way. Farmers want permits so undocumented workers can be safe in the fields but, with immigration reform stalled in Washington, that's not happening. With billions of dollars at stake, we hear how the state legislature is trying to light a fire under Congress. 

Also, the price of gasoline is $5 a gallon in some parts of Southern California — up 50 cents in the past week alone. How come? How long will this last?

Photo: USDA

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Katie Cooper

Work Permits and the Politics of Immigration 17 MIN, 58 SEC

It's the summer harvest season in California, and farmers are facing a problem that's all too familiar: undocumented workers are needed to pick the crops. Temporary "guest worker" programs were once used to bring labor from other countries… but not anymore. Now, the workers already live here. Dan Walters is a syndicated columnist for the Sacramento Bee.

Guests:
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)
David North, Center for Immigration Studies (@wwwCISorg)
Bryan Little, California Farm Bureau Federation (@CAFarmBureau)
Manuel Cunha, President, Nisei Farmers League (@niseifarmers)

More:
Undocumented workers: California Agricultural Act (AB 20)
Temporary Agricultural Workers Program (H2A)

Short Supplies Fuel SoCal's Gas Price Hikes 6 MIN, 3 SEC

The average price of gallon of gasoline in the United States is $2.77. In the LA area it's $4.05. Prices have risen by 50 cents in the past week to highs of $5 in some places. Tom Kloza is global head of energy analysis for the Oil Price Information Service.

Guests:
Tom Kloza, Oil Price Information Service (@OPIS)

More:
LA Times on rising gas prices

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