"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 Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C.,
"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, "I just want to
throttle him," she...
"Farmwork is the worst combination of subpoverty wages; dangerous,
backbreaking work; and near-total absence of labor protections or
benefits. Few aspire to do farmwork, as Georgia’s growers just found out
the hard way. But the good news is, although most produce growers
"Jerry Spencer had an idea after Alabama’s tough new law against
illegal immigration scared Hispanic workers out of the tomato fields
northeast of Birmingham: Recruit unemployed U.S. citizens to do the
work, give them free transportation and pay them to pick the fruit and
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 Mercury News, Oct. 29, 2011 .
"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. 'How much threat is some cucumber pickers?'...
"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...
"As the economy boomed in the mid-
2000s, many immigrants in southern California’s border country
spurned field work in favor of construction and food-service
jobs. Then they stopped coming to U.S. farms altogether. So Larry Cox, who farms lettuce, cantaloupes and onions on
"Immigration legislation pending in Congress would create jobs in rural communities and increase exports of fruits, vegetables and other products, the Obama administration said Monday as it tried turn up the heat on Republican opponents of the bill. In a White House report issued Monday , the administration...
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 forces that shaped this growing dependence since...
H.R. 2642 / Public Law 113-79, Agriculture Act of 2014 , Feb. 7, 2014, 128 Stat. 649 TITLE IV--NUTRITION Subtitle A--Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program * * * SEC. 4015. MANDATING STATE IMMIGRATION VERIFICATION.
Section 11 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2020) is amended by striking...