No More U.S. Fruits & Vegetables?
Stricter enforcement of immigration law and the prospect of a mandatory use of the "E-Verify" program is endangering the sustainability of fruit orchards & vegetable farms. Unlike grain farming, which is highly mechanized, fruit orchards & vegetable farms are labor intensive. It is estimated that half to two thirds of the employees holding these jobs are undocumented. Farmers fear they will never get the required labor, if something is not done to allow immigrants to pick our fruits and vegetables.