As our readers are probably already aware, Florida has multiple farms producing tomatoes, oranges and other produce. These farms rely on employment immigration for the manpower needed to harvest the fruit and vegetables. Without the influx of employment-based immigration, these farms would likely fail as there are few citizens willing to take on the physically taxing, low-paying labor. While proposed immigration law reform seeks to address the millions of immigrants that live illegally in the U.S., there is some concern among this group that they will be ignored by lawmakers.
Immigration reform is generating strong opinions from both sides of the political spectrum. While some of the debate has evolved around protecting jobs on U.S. soil, immigration reform is also necessary to address the crackdown on undocumented workers which is already hurting the farming industry. Attacking this population of the workforce is likely to spread to other industries, including construction.