Many farmers prefer illegal labor to H2a program (12/31/08) The Bush Administration is pushing last-minute changes to the national farm labor law known as H2A. New rules designed to cut bureaucracy are set to go into effect in mid-January. The H2A system has already caught on here in the North Country, gaining wide acceptance in Champlain Valley apple orchards. Dairy farmers say they hope H2A can be adapted to help fill their labor shortage. But nationwide, the vast majority of farms still prefer to use undocumented or illegal workers. Brian Mann has our story. NCPR News - Many farmers prefer illegal labor to H2a program Because they can mis-treat illegals and pay them less then they would have to pay H-2A workers. Amnesty will still leave farmer short of workers because they don't want to work in dirty back breaking hot sun farms. After the 1986 amnesty those working on farms moved to inner city jobs. Only 2% of the illegal aliens labor force work on farms. What are the others working? Legalize farm workers and farmers will lose them to inner city jobs. Do you find legal immigrants working on farm? No.