Fearing a worker shortage, growers push back on immigration

Fearing a worker shortage, growers push back on immigration

Fruit and vegetable growers, farmers and owners of plant nurseries and vineyards are lobbying politicians to get them to deal with immigration in a way that minimizes the harm to their livelihoods.

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April 25, 2017
ABC News
Business

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.

From tending the plants to harvesting the grapes, it takes skill and a strong work ethic to produce the winery's pinot noir and chardonnay, and native-born Americans just aren't willing to work that hard, Patricia Dudley said as a cold rain drenched the vineyard in the hills of Oregon.

"Who's going to come out here and do this work when they deport them all?" she asked.

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