Immigration Law Impacting Alabama Farmers

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration.

Farmers interviewed by The Associated Press say they had no choice but to reduce acreage. They fear there won't be enough workers to pick crops at harvest time. The crops are often picked by Hispanic migrants, both legal and illegal.

It's unclear exactly how many farmers are changing their planting patterns this year because of the law.

Neither the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries nor the Alabama Farmers Federation has compiled statistics yet for the year. But a federation expert says this year will be vital in determining the size of Alabama's labor shortage and its potential cost to consumers.


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  • by Mack Location: Daleville, MS on May 15, 2012 at 05:08 PM
    Okay here's a simple solution. Pay Americans the wage that they require to do the back breaking job of harvesting root agricultural products. The price of agricultural products is keep artificial low with farm subsidies. This is America, where economics says that an items is worth what a WILING seller will accept from a WILLING buyer, and vis-versa. If an Apple iPad is worth $400-800, then we can pay more for a farm raised apple.
  • by Tim Location: Denver on May 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM
    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries. The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them. Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites. What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries? How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem? And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this? But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews. They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.
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      by Mack on May 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM in reply to Tim
      Tim, which of the previous posts mentioned Blacks?
  • by Dave Francis Location: Indianapolis,IN on May 14, 2012 at 02:34 PM
    . Illegal immigration does influence the U.S. economy and cost state taxpayers over 113 billion dollars a year. Democratic Assembly member Manuel Pérez in California is pressing his covert policy, to give hundreds of thousands of illegal farm workers a state permit, to work and settle there. Only problem is the farms and the huge acreage of agricultural businesses are poorly regulated and nothing stops these illegal laborers with their families from disappearing into the cities and towns. Although the farmers pay wages for the workers in central California, they are not held responsible for their family’s health care or the children’s education, which comes out of state resident’s income.
  • by Jason Location: Meridian on May 13, 2012 at 06:56 PM
    Peabody.... Illegal is illegal. Go home and maybe our crime level will go down and maybe our hospitals wont be hurt worse treating our uninsured and mexicos.
  • by Jason Location: Meridian on May 13, 2012 at 06:55 PM
    Peabody.... Illegal is illegal. Go home and maybe our crime level will go down and maybe our hospitals wont be hurt worse treating our uninsured and mexicos.
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on May 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM
    Just like the war on drugs the goverment is fighting another unwinable war. Both could made legal to a degree and taxes collected if they would just accept the truth.
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