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Visa issue forces landscaper to try hiring local again
Visa issue forces landscaper to try hiring local again

Unable to find and retain reliable workers who are citizens of these United States, Gibson "Gibby" Porter did what many employers in the landscaping business did: He imported help from Mexico, and he did it legally, within the limits of a government-controlled program. For several years, Porter hired as many as 13 Mexican men to work nine-month stretches, paying them between $10 and $17 an hour to build gardens, plant shrubs and trees, cut grass, prune bushes and spread mulch. Many of the same guys came back every year. But not this year. The Gibby 13, who were scheduled to arrive in March for another season of work in the Baltimore area, are still waiting in Mexico. They and...

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