Not Everyone Happy with Labor Department Decision

Child-welfare advocates are accusing the Obama Administration of caving to election-year pressure from farmers and Republicans when it comes to the decision to scrap proposed Department of Labor rules related to children working on farms. Several members of Congress and farm groups called the proposal impractical – saying it ignored the reality of small farms. Now the Child Labor Coalition says the withdrawal of the proposed rules means more kids will die in farm accidents that could have been prevented. At the Human Rights Watch – an official from the children’s rights division says the debate over the rules was focused too much on family farms. The official argues the real victims are poor Hispanic kids who do seasonal or migrant farm work.


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