New immigration laws could hit farmers, drive up food prices

"The effect of tougher immigration laws in Georgia and Alabama has been immediate.  Georgia economists estimate that their state lost $75 million from its $578 million agriculture industry as berries, bell peppers, squash, cucumbers, watermelons and the state’s famed Vidalia onions were left to rot.  Alabama’s initial estimate is $40 million lost, and Sam Addy, an economist at the University of Alabama, said that figure likely understates the damage." - Tennessean, Nov. 27, 2011.