Tag: Farmworkers

Farmers Struggle to Find Labor, Threatening Americans’ Food Supply and Prices

Farmers Struggle to Find Labor, Threatening Americans’ Food Supply and Prices

America’s farmers have been acutely aware of the consequences of restrictive immigration policies for some time. When migration levels drop or restrictive policies drive migrants out of the state or country, farmers feel the pinch first, as their crops are left to rot in the fields due to the shortage of available workers. Since a […]

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How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Written by on April 1, 2015 in Economics, Low Wage with 1 Comment
How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Due to its geographic diversity and natural resource abundance, the United States is one of the world’s leading agricultural producers and suppliers. Indeed, the $374 billion U.S. agriculture sector is critical to the U.S. economy, but its health depends on a functioning immigration system. From migrant workers on farms, to foreign-born scientists at agribusiness and […]

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How the Broken Immigration System Hurts Farmworkers Who Pick Our Crops

How the Broken Immigration System Hurts Farmworkers Who Pick Our Crops

By Adrienne DerVartanian, Director of Immigration and Labor Rights of Farmworker Justice. Like many Americans and aspiring Americans, Juan (a pseudonym to protect his identity) has high hopes for immigration reform. Juan came to the United States from Mexico in 1995. Over the past 18 years, he has migrated throughout the country, cultivating and harvesting many […]

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Labor Shortages Increase U.S. Reliance on Imported Foods, Harming Local Economies

Labor Shortages Increase U.S. Reliance on Imported Foods, Harming Local Economies

While U.S. consumers increasingly seek out locally grown produce in grocery stores and farmers markets, imported fruits and vegetables are making up a growing share of the produce consumed in the United States. U.S. agricultural production is out of alignment with the demands of consumers and one problem is the difficulty in finding skilled farm […]

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Farm Bureau Warns Enforcement-Only Immigration Reform Would Harm America’s Food Supply

Written by on February 13, 2014 in Economics, Enforcement, Reform, State and Local with 2 Comments
Farm Bureau Warns Enforcement-Only Immigration Reform Would Harm America’s Food Supply

The on-the-ground harm of enforcement-only state immigration policies is clear. The “self-deportation” style laws in Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia all dealt severe blows to the states’ economies, particularly the agricultural industries. A federal enforcement-only approach to immigration reform would have a similarly harmful impact, leading to a decline in food production and higher food prices […]

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