Anti-illegal immigration bill stokes backlash in Alabama fields
- October 24, 2011
- Leo Chavez, anthropology professor, is quoted in the Christian Science Monitor and Alaska Dispatch October 22, 2011
From the Christian Science Monitor:
Farmers fearing a labor shortage are protesting recent immigration laws they say are too harsh, forcing undocumented workers to flee to prevent deportation. They say US workers are unwilling to endure the rigorous conditions of farm work and that state legislators need to come up with solutions to prevent local agribusiness from going under...Farmers are routinely the first to criticize immigration-reform efforts that target illegal workers, says Leo Chavez, a labor and immigration expert at the University of California, Irvine. “If you get tough on undocumented immigrants, they lose their main labor force,” Mr. Chavez says.
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