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"E-Verify's opponents contend the system will destroy
agribusiness by driving up costs, shrinking the workforce, and wreaking
havoc on food production. When Hollabaugh hears a legislator
say E-Verify will save American jobs for Americans, "I just want to
throttle him," she said. "There are no domestic workers who want to do
this work." Although farmhands do menial labor, she said,
skills that experienced migrants have cannot be duplicated by just any
cross-section of the unemployed. Don't get her started on the common
suggestion to hire paroled ex-prisoners. "The insinuation
that just anybody can do this work is not true," Hollabaugh said, and
when a harvest hits, "we don't have time" for training."
Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 13, 2011.