"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...
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?'...