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U. S. agriculture collapse predicted if farm workers are deported

Farm pickers in California
Photo credit: Edgard Garrido, Reuters

– “‘Our agricultural system would collapse’ if Trump starts mass deportations, says farm worker advocate”
“The Trump administration is considering plans to deport immigrants who rely on public assistance and restrict the flow of foreign-born workers, according to drafts of potential executive orders obtained by the Washington Post.”

‘If we were to engage in massive deportations, our agricultural system would collapse,’ said Bruce Goldstein, the president of Farmworker Justice, a nonprofit that aims to improve farmers’ living and working conditions.

Of the 1.5 to 2 million people working in agriculture today, at least 50% to 70% of farm workers are undocumented immigrants, according to a recent report by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). If the US were to deport a significant portion of them, the move could result in labor and food production shortages, Goldstein said,” quoting Leanna Garfield, Business Insider.
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– “Latino laborers fear deportation, but officials tell California farmers not to fret”
“Trump’s immigration policies threaten to scatter farm labourers and could disrupt America’s supply of fruit and vegetables – but not everyone is concerned”
By Rory Carroll, UK’s Guardian.
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– “Deportation Threats Worry Farmworkers — and Farm Owners”
By Valerie Hamilton, KQED, public television for northern California.
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Posted by Steve on April 2, 2017 at 10:17 am | Permalink

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