We’ve traveled out of the ‘hurricane zone’ and into west Texas. In Sheffield, Texas, I interviewed rancher Ron Stuard. We are close to the border here, and Stuard said labor is hard to find for, not only his ranch, but ranches throughout the area. He said he personally would be in favor of a program that would, in essence, have Hispanic immigrants get temporary “sponsors.” That is, south of the border there would be a list of names of people willing to work up north. Reciprocally, employers to the north would post jobs. And people would be matched up. Stuard proposed that these workers would then come for a specified period of time (3 months, 6 months, 9 months…), and at the end of the work, the employer would be responsible for getting the worker(s) back to a check point. Stuard added that in the middle part of last century — during World War II when there was a shortage of laborers in the U.S. — there was a Congressional Act passed that set something similar to this up. But it since has been rescinded. Note: Stuard said if he is caught employing illegal immigrants on his ranch, he can be fined up to $10,000.