Immigration Crackdown Creates Labor Shortage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Farmers, construction companies, tourist towns and others say tough immigration laws are leading to labor shortages, just as the state economy is growing and harvest times are nearing.

So employers are enlisting family members, neighbors, youth jobs programs and even the Colorado Department of Corrections for help, according to Jim Miller of the state Department of Agriculture.

State Agriculture Commissioner John Stulp says he's concerned about the long-term effects of the labor shortage on Colorado farming.

Some employers say new state immigration laws have scared workers away, even legal ones.

Among the hardest hit are those who grow specialty crops that cannot be harvested by machines.

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  • by DM Location: Co Springs on Aug 19, 2007 at 11:54 AM
    How about giving these jobs to some people that are on welfare?
  • by Mark Location: Springs on Aug 19, 2007 at 02:46 AM
    American Indians are the only ones here legally, The truth must be told!
  • by Steve Location: colorado springs on Aug 16, 2007 at 03:16 PM
    Tougher immigration laws are now forcing employers are enlisting family members, neighbors, youth jobs programs and even the Colorado Department of Corrections. GOOD, employers are actually employing AMERICANS' God forbid the Tougher immigration laws are doing what it's supposed to be doing...
  • by T.D. Location: soon to be Colorado Spr. on Aug 15, 2007 at 08:54 AM
    It may have some truth for farmers but for other employers it means that they can not get away with paying less for labor the way they can with illegals.
  • by Joseph Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 14, 2007 at 05:37 AM
    Balogna! There was a report recently on the news that showed just how bad things are getting for construction companies that do not hire illegals. They can't compete with companies that do use illegals. The advantage to the latter is 29%. We often hear that illegals just take jobs that Americans won't do. Bolgna again! Some companies will go for the cheapest labor wheter it is against the law or not. That doesn't make it right!
  • by Russell Location: Co Springs on Aug 14, 2007 at 03:02 AM
    I'm sorry this impacts the farmers. I am glad however the Nation and the state are getting tough(er) on illegals. We should boycott places/establishments that hire them. Ruby's Diner and Chipotle are two perfect examples.
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