Agriculture Labor Issues
What’s the Background?There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Congress periodically has sought to address the issue through such means as raising the quotas for various visas to allow more immigrants into the country legally, increasing border security and surveillance and requiring employers to verify the legal status of foreign workers.
Why Does It Matter to Our Producers?
The U.S. pork industry needs a viable agriculture workforce to remain globally competitive. Farms and packing plants rely heavily on immigrant labor. Without access to immigrant labor, production costs would increase, leading to higher food prices for consumers. In some cases, a shortage of labor could lead to facilities shutting down, causing serious financial harm for those operations.