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...
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...
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...
"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...
"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...
"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...
Tuesday 2/26/2013 - 2:00 p.m.
"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...
"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...
"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,
"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...
"The impact of Georgia's illegal immigration law approaches nearly $150
million in losses, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black testified Tuesday
WXIA-TV, Oct. 4, 2011 .
"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...
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...
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...