"A sponsor of Alabama's tough new immigration law told desperate tomato
farmers Monday that he won't change the law, even though they told him
that their crops are rotting in the field and they are at risk of losing
Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2011 .
"When the law was passed, about 20 of Boatwright's farmhands — all of them from Mexico — left and his business was devastated. Boatwright
tried to hire legal workers, but of the 11 Americans he hired that came
and sought work, only one returned the for a second day of work. Boatwright...
"Some Alabama farmers say
they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and
other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor
shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration. Keith Dickie said he and
other growers in the heart of...