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2A Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 Lassen County Times Rainy raking A work crew from the Lassen County Jail rakes leaves in the rain in Memorial Park on Monday, Oct. 29. Photo by Shayla Ashmore Sam Williams News Editor As many as 150 laborers from south of the border, working in Lassen County's strawberry fields, are being housed at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Lassen County Fair Manager Jim Wolcott said there is nothing unusual going on as the fairgrounds have been used to house the temporary workers for sever- al years in the past. Larry Memmott, the human resources director for Sierra Cascade Nursery, located on Highway 395 near Standish, said his company employees the workers through the federal H2A pro- gram. Memmott said all the Work- rent labor market Shortage by ers are here legally and.have enabling companies that 1-94 border crossing Permits. qualify to acquire seasonal He said the nursery cannot migrant house all the workers, who labor to come and work for trim strawberry plants and only those companies on a prepare them for shipment to legal work permit. commercial growers. Some of The tl-2A temporary agri- the laborers work in the cultural program estai)lishes strawberry fields during the a means for agricultural day and sleep at the fair- employers who anticipate a grounds, shortage of domestic workers The nursery has prepared to bring nonimmigrant for- strawberry plants inthisway eign workers to the United for about 30 years. The work States to perform agricultur- should be completed in about al labor or services of a tern- two weeks, porary or seasonal nature. Temt,orary or seasonal H2A program nature means employment According to the performed at certain seasons Federation of Employers and of the year, usually in rela- Workers of American Web tion to the production and/or site, the federal tI2A program harvesting of a crop, or lbr a provides asolution to thecur- limited time period of less Annie Westerbeke, CMT Roman Ruhnke, CMT Weekend/Evening Appointments Available than one year when an USCISFormI-94 employer can show that theA United States Customs need for the foreign workers and Immigration Service is truly temporary. Form 1-94 shows the date a The program is not a way to worker arrived in the Unite(! legalize undocumented work- States and the date when the ers. worker's authorized period of U.S, Consulates have made stay expires. it clear that they will reject The workers receive a applicants with a history of USCIS Form 1-94 from a unlawful presence it/ the USCIS inspector when arriv- United States. ing in the United States at a Also, it is not a means byland border port-of-entry or which to hire cheap labor. It is from an airline or ship repre- a way tO hire a stable, consis- sentative when arriving at an tent and productive work air or sea p0rt-of-entry by air- force, craft or ship. Companies interested in A USCIS Form 1-94 that has using the II-2A program been approved by an USCIS should-be aware that the Department of I,abor assigns raraiwac: the prevailing wage for the local labor market, according By Sam Williams oral copulation were to the Wet) site. 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In addition, turning in USCIS Form 1-94 to the proper authorities when the worker leaves the country can prove that the worker did not vio- late U.S. laws by staying in the country too long. proof a worker is willing to obey U.S, immigration laws can be very important if the worker wants to travel to the U.S. as an immigrant or non- immigrant again in the future. dis- bar- I~ This office Is independently owned and operated. A Susanville man who pleaded guilty to unlawful se2ual :intercourse with i6:1 year-old gi,rl*was sentenced .to: four years andfour months in state prison on Friday, Nov. 2 Patrick Shawn Cox, 31, pleaded guilty on Thursday, Sept. 13, to felony charges of statutory rape, sexual pene- tration upon a minor and oral copulation with a minor. Charges he forcibly raped the girl, forcibly penetrated her and forced her to have Lassen County District Attorney Robert Burns and defefi: e counsel Mark Nareau ' stitgulated,- the prison sen-: tence. According tothe court file, the court also accepted the stipulated sentence but reserved the dismissal of the remain ing counts for sentenc- ing. The victim's mother and grandmother presented vic- tim's mpact statements dur- ing the sentencing. The mother said the inci- dent had been "a nightmare to our family" since the rape of her daughter. And she said Cox had violated the trust the family placed in him as a friend and later as an employ- er. She encouraged Cox to get help while he was in prison. The grandmother told Cox, "What you did will live on for- ever and there will never be OU" enough time to punish y for raping her granddaughter. Susanville attorney Bob Hill, appearing for Nareau, told the court Cox was "very remorseful for his conduct He noted Cox had pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, not forcible rape. "The defendant stands ready to pay his debt to soci- ety," Hill said. Susanville police arrested Cox on a felony charge of sus- Picion of forcible rape after police responded to Banner Lassen Medical Center at 3:10 a.m. Dec. 19, and the 16-year- old girl reported she had been sexually assaulted at a south Susanville residence. Christmas decor the whole family will adorel Host a party for 6 at my house On-site shopping Jan Breedlove I "l Decorator Consultantl 251-8164 [