I would like to respond to Mr. John Garcia's Jan. 18 letter "Don't entrust Valley's future to farmers."
Mr. Garcia makes many misstatements about farmers, guest worker problems and the hard-working people who put fresh vegetables on his table.
The U.S. Department of Labor currently supervises a guest worker program (H2A) that brings foreign workers to perform work that most Americans simply will not do. Guest workers under this program are paid a wage rate that not only exceeds the minimum wage but is guaranteed to be high enough not to bring down wages in the state.
The current hourly rate for H2A workers in California is $7.62 and will soon exceed $8 per hour. Furthermore, farmers are required to provide housing and transportation for guest workers under this program. Finally, the rights of workers who participate in this program are guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Labor.