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Alabama immigration law author snubs farmers despite crop losses

"A sponsor of Alabama's tough new immigration law told desperate tomato farmers Monday that he won't change the law, even though they told him that their crops are rotting in the field and they are at risk of losing their farms." Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2011 .

Alabama law threatens livelihood of tomato farmer

"When the law was passed, about 20 of Boatwright's farmhands — all of them from Mexico — left and his business was devastated. Boatwright tried to hire legal workers, but of the 11 Americans he hired that came and sought work, only one returned the for a second day of work. Boatwright...

Citing Immigrant Labor Shortage, Alabama Farmers Reduce Planting

"Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration. Keith Dickie said he and other growers in the heart of...