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June 14, 2018

Hiring seasonal workers may have gotten tougher after Ohio landscaper was raided

  • Landscapers rely on workers with H2-B temporary visas more than many other industries.
    Associated Press

    TOLEDO, Ohio — Already facing a severe labor shortage, landscaping businesses that can't keep up with booming demand for backyard patios and fire pits worry that an immigration raid that rounded up over 100 people recently will make it even tougher to persuade Congress to allow more foreign workers into America for seasonal jobs.

    Owners of landscaping companies near last week's sting in the Lake Erie resort city of Sandusky and nearby Castalia, which targeted workers with forged documents in one of the largest actions at a workplace in recent years, said it sent a shiver of apprehension through their industry.

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