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Suspension of visa processing for Mexican seasonal workers hits U.S. farms, fisheries

Fruit pickers work in a strawberry field in Florida last winter. Farmers are bracing for a labor shortage this year as the State Department suspends the processing of seasonal worker visas across Mexico. Foto: Zack Wittman for The Washington Post

American farmers are bracing for a shortage of seasonal workers following the State Department's suspension of routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing in Mexico, including for temporary migrant laborers, beginning Wednesday.

The delay in visa processing for farmworkers comes just as harvest season begins in Florida. Companies responsible for feeding the country are already expecting fewer available workers to manufacture, deliver and unpack groceries as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies...

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