America's Farmers Don't Depend on Illegal Immigration

Liberals frame the debate over illegal immigration as a dilemma: either America grants amnesty to aliens or the economy will collapse.  Some even imply that Americans will starve to death because of higher food prices – who will pick America's fruits and veggies if not illegals? Bruce Goldstein, president of a nonprofit called Farmworker Justice, boldly claims that if we were to deport all illegal aliens, "our agricultural system would collapse."  Collapse. This is nonsense.  American agriculture will not collapse without illegal labor.  Why?  Because there are plenty of technological solutions and American workers available to pick up the slack.  It is time to put this myth to bed. Agriculture is not a labor-intensive industry, and it has not been for decades.  Less than 2 percent of Americans work in agriculture, according to the World Bank.  This figure has declined since 1960, when roughly 6 percent of Americans...(Read Full Article)

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