Two farmworker advocacy groups have sued the federal government to halt new rules that will make it easier for farmers to bring in temporary agricultural workers.


The United Farm Workers and Farmworker Justice filed the lawsuit Monday in a federal district court in Washington against the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security.

The groups argue that the Bush Administration's overhaul of the the H-2A program would lower wages in the fields, erode labor protections and make it easier for contractors to bypass hiring legal U.S. workers.

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