Monday, September 04, 2006

Labor Day, 5

NBC News reports on one of the consequences of the crackdown on illegal immigrants:
In the berry fields of Woodland, Wash, farmer Jerry Dobbins had to make a painful decision.

"It's more than I can deal with," he says as he stands in a plowed field. "Yesterday, this was a strawberry field. We couldn't pick it, because we didn't have enough labor. Today, we took it out."

Half the crop won't be harvested, Dobbins says, because about half of the migrant farm workers he expected this year — didn't come.

The report, which you can find here, notes that another consequences will be higher prices at the checkout counter.