Immigration laws cause trouble on the farm

Watermelons

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Earlier today, NPR’s Morning Edition ran this story about the labor shortage facing Alabama farmers. Immigrant workers, documented and not, have fled the state in the wake of Alabama enacting the nation’s toughest immigration law, and farmers are feeling the pinch. When similar legislation became law in Georgia this summer, an estimated $300 million of crops were lost (i.e., rotted in fields or were irreparably damaged by inexperienced workers) because of labor shortages. For some in-depth analyses of the issue, check out this story in The Nation. That article focuses on the Georgia watermelon harvest this past summer, providing details of the skills demanded by the arduous work and insight into the politics and consequences of the anti-immigrant laws.

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  1. Pingback: New debate expected on immigrant workers in Mississippi | Mississippi PEP

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