(AP) - The agriculture industry fears a disaster is
on the horizon if the one bit of new immigration policy that
Congress seems to agree on becomes law.
It's a plan to require that all American businesses run their
employees through a program that confirms each worker is legally
entitled to work in the U.S.
The program, known as E-Verify, could wreak havoc on an industry
where 80 percent of the field workers are illegal immigrants. So
could the increased paperwork audits already under way by the Obama
Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California says farmers are
worried that their work force is about to disappear. They say they
want to hire legal workers and U.S. citizens, but that it's nearly
impossible, given the relatively low wages and back-breaking work.