Source: Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)

The widespread use of illegal foreign labor by large agribusinesses results in huge profits for corporate farms, while consumers continue to see rising prices at the supermarket checkout, finds a new report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The report, Illegal Immigration and Agribusiness: The Effects on the Agricultural Industry of Converting to a Legal Workforce, debunks the claims made by the corporate agribusiness that an illegal alien labor force is necessary to the survival of America's food industry.

Already heavily subsidized by U.S. taxpayers, agriculture was the most profitable sector of the U.S. economy between 1998 and 2008. Yet, the wages paid to farm workers is about half of what similarly skilled workers earn in other sectors of the labor market. Illegal Immigration and Agribusiness finds that the industry could substantially raise wages to attract a legal workforce, resulting in little or no increase in costs to consumers, and still maintain healthy profits. 

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