La. groups seek to block immigrant wage increase

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 5:37 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, louisiana, seafood, sugar cane, immigrant, foreign, worker, wages, increase, lawsuit, judge, federal, wbrz, louisiana

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana seafood and sugar cane processors, hotel owners and operators of amusement parks are among the business interests who hope a federal judge will block new federal rules that they say could increase the wages they are required to pay to temporary foreign workers by as much as 83 percent.

They filed suit in federal court in Alexandria earlier this month. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell has scheduled a hearing for Sept. 23 on their request to block the rules.

The rules govern wages paid to foreign workers who are in the country with visas issued through the Labor Department's "H-2B" program. The departments of Labor and Homeland Security are defendants in the lawsuit.

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