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that about half the on U.S. dairy farms are . Work on these farms year-round, but there is no year-round visa, so tens of of dairy exist in the . Many live on the farms where they work, in by the farm, and there is no of the of that . North Radio’s Lucy .
LUCY ,: About five years agolive in a farm, a 17-year-old girl came to the U.S. from to work with her on a dairy farm. When he her the tiny where she’d be with him and a few other , this was her .
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MARTY FEFER: It was more of a shed.
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She there for about a year. Now she’s 23, and she’s in a on farm in New York. She’s been in dairy for half a now. That whole time,she says no one from the has ever come to her . That’s not due to or . In factlive in a farm, there is no state or rule that of the where she’s lived. There is a visa H-2A for . law says H-2A has to be , but dairy aren’t they’re not . They work year-round. And New York law says have to do of or farm , but they don’t have to farm .
is the of the of New York, a group. She says the on dairy farms often has .
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: Like any ,farm can to local . But sayslive in a farm,lack of and fear of can get in the way. Rich Stup is an at . He says it’s for dairy in the and the to .
RICH STUP: It’s up to the on how well they that and how good of a that they have with the in that .
: A bill that the House last year could that . It’s the Farm Actlive in a farm, and it would the H-2A visa to year-round .
STEVE : So their , too, would be and to all the .
: That’s Steve from the New York Farm , an . They a year-round H-2A visa it would the labor pool, but some the bill. Emma is an with the of New York. She says a H-2A is not the in the have too power.
EMMA : are tied to a and can be and if they speak out about any sort of or .
: The bill that the House does a pilot for H-2A , which would allow some to move from one to . Right now, the bill’s co- in the House are that its will it for a vote soon. For NPR News, I’m Lucy in New York.
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