Colorado lawmakers consider help for immigrant sheepherders
DENVER – A House committee is considering legislation to form a task force to help immigrant sheepherders who work long hours for little money on the desolate western Plains.
Rep. Daniel Kagan, a Denver Democrat, says foreign workers are sometimes subjected to 90-hour workweeks for anywhere from $600 to $750 a month on ranches in the West, including Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and California.
Kagan says he wanted to pass a law increasing their wages, but he didn’t have the votes.
The House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee will consider the plan on Wednesday.