Did you know that in 2012, 53% of agricultural labor were unauthorized hired farmworkers? Anton Bekkerman and Diane Charlton sit down to discuss in more detail the potential effects that president-elect’s Trump’s proposed immigration policies may occur in the agricultural and food sectors. Diane provides a brief background on the current state of immigrant labor in the United States and then we dive into some of the more detailed questions regarding the size and availability of the agricultural immigrant workforce, the variety of legal methods for immigrant workers to work in the United States (and the barriers to those programs working effectively), and the economic impacts of immigration reform policies on the crop and livestock sectors.
Did we miss any questions that you’ve been thinking about regarding immigration and the agricultural sector? Are you experiencing the challenges of a decreased immigrant agricultural workforce?
(Intro and outro music by Trevor Sensor)