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Washington farm, orchard laborers stuck at border

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Central Washington orchards, which have battled smoke and flames from July’s wildfires, may have a new problem to contend with in August as apple harvest starts.

Legal workers from Mexico who are needed to pick apples and pears might be blocked or delayed at the border because of problems with the State Department’s computerized visa system.

More than a dozen workers destined for Washington farms and orchards are currently stuck on the other side of the border. A process that…

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