Closely tied together,the U.S. produce industry and migrant work crews have both been closely following developments with state laws aimed at undocumented labor.

“For United Fresh and the produce industry, immigration and related issues have been a long-time concern and interest,” said Julie Maines, with the United Fresh Produce Association. “Estimates vary, but you see consistently that well over half — even upwards of three-quarters — of the folks who work in the fields in the produce industry haven’t been born in this country.

“So, certainly, anything related to immigration policy is of great interest to our industry.”

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court having ruled against much of Arizona’s controversial law regarding illegal workers (see http://southeastfarmpress.com/blog/more-confusion-clarification-supreme-court-s-immigration-ruling), Maines says much remains to be resolved. Among her comments:

The fallout of the Arizona laws versus those in the Southeast…