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Illegal Farm Labor Produces Big Profits, But No Consumer Savings

May 5, 2011
Jim Kouri

The widely accepted use of illegal aliens as laborers by large agricultural businesses results in huge profits for corporate farms and executives, but is not beneficial to consumers who continue to see rising prices at the supermarket checkout, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report, Illegal Immigration and Agribusiness: The Effects on the Agricultural Industry of Converting to a Legal Workforce by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), debunks the claims made by the corporate agribusiness that an illegal alien labor force is necessary to the survival of America’s food industry and to Americans having access to affordable food.

Both Democrat and Republican supporters of an illegal alien workforce have told Americans that not allowing illegal aliens to work on farms will result in higher prices for vegetables, fruit, dairy, poultry and other products.

During a speech supporting illegal aliens working in the U.S., Senator John McCain (R-AZ) asked his audience the rhetorical question: If I paid you $50 per hour, would you still work under the hot Sun picking lettuce for 10 hours a day? The question itself was nonsense and McCain was inundated with requests for lettuce-picking jobs that paid $500 per day or $3,000 per week.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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