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Farm Labor, Immigration and Food Security

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A federal judge gave US employers--including farmers--a temporary reprieve yesterday, saying one immigration enforcement strategy might do irreparable harm to both business and labor. So-called "no match" Social Security letters will not be sent to employers after all, at least for the next few months. But planting, cultivating and harvesting have been seriously disrupted by the crackdown on illegal workers. In Colorado, restrictive new state laws deny all but essential services to undocumented workers, and some of the fields are being worked by prison inmates. In California, some farmers have already moved to Mexico. Why can't legal workers take up the slack?  Is it only about cheap labor?  What about the reliability and safety of the food supply?

Credits

Guests:
Phil Prutch - Farmer in Colorado, Luawanna Hallstrom - COO, Harry Singh & Sons, Steve Scaroni - Owner, Veg Packer de Mexico, Manuel Cunha - President, Nisei Farmers League - @niseifarmers, Caroline Smith DeWaal - Food Safety Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Carl Nielsen - Former Director, FDA's Import Inspection Programs

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Dan Konecky, Katie Cooper, Karen Radziner