Florida's fruit and vegetable growers expressed concern about E-Verify at the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association's 68th annual meeting. From this Palm Beach Post article:
Florida's fruit and vegetable growers say their biggest challenge is ensuring they have enough workers to pick their crops and get them onto grocery shelves.
"The whole immigration reform issue needs to be addressed at the federal level," said Marie Bedner, whose family owns Bedner's Farm Fresh Market west of Boynton Beach. "In Georgia, they had no labor to pick the crops. They rotted in the field."
"E-Verify is a jobs killer, but only for illegal workers," Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said in Washington. "For Americans and legal workers, it is a jobs protector."
Mr. Smith failed to notice that Americans do not want these jobs.
This Weekly Quote from a few weeks ago is applicable here:
Because the truth is, today's immigrants, as they have for generation after generation, work the longest hours at the hardest jobs for the lowest pay, jobs that are just about impossible to fill. - Luis Gutierrez
Food prices are already on the rise in the still-struggling US economy. I am scared to think of how high they'll go when food is left to rot on the ground or we're forced to pay union wages to our fruit pickers.