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Labor Shortage Versus Trump's Immigration Plans

Tipriano Gutierrez supervises milking operations at the McCarty Family Farms dairy near Scott City, Kansas. Like most big dairies, it relies heavily on immigrant labor. (Frank Morris / Harvest Public Media)

With unemployment below 4 percent across the Plains, lots of companies are looking for help.  The labor shortage is stunting the growth of businesses as diverse as high-tech startups in Kansas City and huge dairy operations in western Kansas.  President Donald Trump campaigned on a staunchly pro-business platform, but as Frank Morris reports for Harvest Public Media, his immigration policies don’t seem to be easing the labor shortage.  

Frank Morris is a reporter for KCUR Radio and a contributor to Harvest Public Media, Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service.

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