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Immigration Law

With migrant workers scared off by immigration crackdown, Wash. orchards desperate for pickers

"Apple growers say they could have had one of their best years ever if a shortage of workers hadn’t forced them to leave some fruit on trees.  Growers in Washington state, which produces about half of the nation’s apples, say the labor shortage was made worse by a late start to their harvest. The growing season got off to a slow start because of a cold, wet spring, and some migrant workers didn’t stick around to wait for it.  But farmers say an immigration crackdown by the federal government and states such as Arizona and Alabama scared off many more workers. They have tried to replace them with domestic workers with little success and inmates at a much greater cost." - Associated Press, Nov. 9, 2011.