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Smith: Report Shows No Widespread Farm Labor Shortage

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Smith: Report Shows No Widespread Farm Labor Shortage

The Center for Immigration Studies today issued a report regarding allegations of a farm labor shortage. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith issued the following statement regarding the report:

"The Center for Immigration Studies report clearly shows that media reports of nationwide farm labor shortages are misguided and false. In fact, production levels for some labor-intensive produce have actually increased over the past five years. During that same time, wages have remained relatively constant. Increased immigration enforcement and border security are necessary for both our national security and economic stability. This report sets the record straight that there is no widespread foreign labor shortage."

The full report, entitled Farm Labor Shortages: How Real? What Response?, is available at http://www.cis.org/articles/2007/back907.html.


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