Farm work worries as Trump imposes travel ban

February 01, 2017
Farm workers prepare to leave Jamaica to work overseas.
Fenton Ferguson

Dr Fenton Ferguson, the Opposition spokesman on labour and social security, has expressed deep concern about the potential impact the new policies of President Donald Trump could have on the farm workers and hotel workers programme to the United States.

Ferguson stated that more than 6,000 Jamaicans travel to the USA on the programne yearly. They contribute millions of dollars to income, remittance, and rural development in Jamaica.

According to Ferguson, any policy that curtails this work programme should be treated with the highest priority.
"While recognising the complexity of the new policy pronouncements, the impact on the US overseas work programme, which must be a critical part of the growth agenda, cannot be overstated," Ferguson said.

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