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September 1, 2014

Food Prices Could Spike Without Immigration Reform

The New York Times reports that a new study commissioned by the American Farm Bureau reveals that “food prices would increase an additional 5 to 6 percent over the next five years if enforcement-only [immigration] policies were put into place, because of a lack of workers to harvest crops. It would cost the agriculture sector as much as $60 billion over the same period.”

“Agriculture officials say the current system [of granting foreign workers only temporary visas] does not work because industries like dairy farming and meat production are year-round enterprises and are unable to fill their need for workers. They also say the program is overly bureaucratic. Among the changes the farm sector wants to see is the replacement of the seasonal visa program with one that would allow workers to accept a job under a three-year visa.”

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