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Agriculture department downplays talks about immigrants

January 31, 2012

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— A Kansas Department of Agriculture spokeswoman says talks between Secretary Dale Rodman and federal officials about illegal immigrant workers were informal only.

Spokeswoman Chelsea Good said Tuesday that Rodman has met several times with U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials about labor shortages in Kansas agriculture.

But Good says the Kansas agency has not made a formal request for a federal waiver that would let businesses in Kansas hire illegal immigrants.

Rodman told The Topeka Capital-Journal last week that a program allowing illegal immigrants to continue working in Kansas would be good for agriculture.

But Gov. Sam Brownback's office later said the idea did not come from the administration. A coalition of business groups plans to push for state legislation on the issue.

Comments

Fred Mertz 2 years, 11 months ago

Rodman should be fired for going out on his own without telling Brownback.

William Weissbeck 2 years, 11 months ago

Where you are as schizophrenic as the GOP is, it is really hard to be consistent with what your voices and alternate personalities are telling you to say. Then when you are finally back on your meds and see what was actually printed in the papers, you spend the rest of your time denying you ever said or meant that.

littlexav 2 years, 11 months ago

Poor spokeswoman. I'd hate to be in the middle of this issue between a boss with good intentions (politically unpopular and economically necessary as they are) and a governor who apparently won't support the hard choices.

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