Immigration Law

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Labor-Starved Ag Businesses Want To Keep Immigrant Workers In US Legally
Posted on 10 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media, Nov. 3, 2017 - "Sonny Perdue, President Donald Trump’s Agriculture Secretary, told Harvest Public Media this spring that he is working on a plan to allow undocumented workers to stay in the U.S., and that Trump... Read More

Ag Secretary Says Trump Open to Allowing Immigrant Farm Workers To Stay In U.S.
Posted on 28 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media, Apr. 28, 2017 - "U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday said President Trump may be open to creating a way for some undocumented immigrant workers to stay in the U.S. and Perdue is already working on a... Read More

Gauging the Farm Sector’s Sensitivity to Immigration Reform via Changes in Labor Costs and Availability
Posted on 11 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Georgia Ag. Comm.: Congress must fix immigration system
Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Congress must make a national guest worker program that's easier for farmers to use now that states including Georgia have passed laws targeting [unauthorized] immigrants that threaten possible labor shortages in the fields, Georgia's... Read More

What is the risk of getting caught?
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"ICE is focusing its effort on critical infrastructure, public safety and border security. In other words, agriculture isn't explicitly a priority for ICE. 'And they are right,' a vegetable farmer in Virginia said of ICE's approach... Read More

TX Ag Commissioner Declares War on the Border
Posted on 2 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Lately it seems that Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples would rather have the Texas Department of Agriculture become a wing of the U.S. Department of Defense than a Texas state agency. Not long ago, Staples commissioned an $80,000 “strategic... Read More

How Georgia’s Anti-Immigration Law Could Hurt the State’s (and the Nation’s) Economy
Posted on 6 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"What will the effects of Georgia’s anti-immigrant law be on the state? It is true that putting an exact figure on economic losses is difficult with the remarkable diversity of agricultural products, seasonal cycles, and size and sophistication... Read More

Kobach Flunks Farm Facts 101: Forbes
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Here you have a man who is going around the country helping others on the far right design laws to harass illegal immigrants out of the country, and he seems entirely unfamiliar with the industries that are going to be affected. On the other... Read More

New immigration laws could hit farmers, drive up food prices
Posted on 27 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Immigration reform tops public policy issues for growers, packers
Posted on 11 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The stakes are rising and tempers are flaring in the immigration debate. As much of the agricultural community seeks to avoid a mandatory E-Verify law without a suitable guest worker program for agriculture, economists with the American Farm... Read More

Georgia's Ag. chief estimates millions in losses from immigration law
Posted on 4 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The impact of Georgia's illegal immigration law approaches nearly $150 million in losses, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black testified Tuesday in Washington." WXIA-TV, Oct. 4, 2011 . Read More

Farmers Fear E-Verify Could Devastate American Agriculture
Posted on 15 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

More California employers (except growers) using E-Verify
Posted on 31 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"For all the companies in the state joining E-Verify, however, hundreds of thousands have not, and agriculture is among the least represented industries, according to a list of E-Verify users obtained by this newspaper." - S an Jose... Read More

Answer to immigration crisis? "Quit eating."
Posted on 6 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Crops are rotting in the fields because farmers can't find enough workers to harvest them. Even legal immigrants are not showing up for jobs at construction sites and poultry plants because, agriculture and industry officials say, they fear... Read More