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Could An Immigration Decision Make Texas Shrimp More Expensive And Scarce?

Congress failed to renew the H-2B Returning Worker Program. The program is a visa for temporary, non-agricultural workers, creating a great concern for the Gulf-Coast Shrimping industry.

Shrimp boats are docked in calm waters. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

The Gulf Coast brown shrimp season opened earlier this month (July 15, 2017). So you might think that means Texas shrimp will be for sale abundantly around Greater Houston; however, some fear Texas shrimp will be more expensive and harder to find because of an immigration decision. Congress failed to renew the H-2B Returning Worker Program.

To learn more, we talk with Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson, who writes the situation could "create a windfall for foreign shrimpers...and damage the Texas economy.”

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