Gauging the Farm Sector’s Sensitivity to Immigration Reform via Changes in Labor Costs and Availability

Gauging the Farm Sector’s Sensitivity to Immigration Reform via Changes in Labor Costs and Availability: "This report describes the extent of the farm sector’s dependence on undocumented workers and the political, economic, and social forces that shaped this growing dependence since the last major reform effort in late 1980s as well as the possible consequences of reform during the 2013/14 Congressional legislative cycle. ... In summary, this report concludes both that immigration reform is one of the most important challenges facing American agriculture and that the potential impact of reform on the workings of the agricultural sector can provide policy makers with a microcosmic view of the full range of economic, political, and social concerns at work nationally." - WAEES, Feb. 2014.