New immigration laws could hit farmers, drive up food prices

New immigration laws could hit farmers, drive up food prices

"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 and the state’s famed Vidalia onions were left to rot.  Alabama’s initial estimate is $40 million lost, and Sam Addy, an economist at the University of Alabama, said that figure likely understates the damage." - Tennessean, Nov. 27, 2011.