Posted on August 10, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
From The Latin American Herald Tribune:
YORK, South Carolina – The peach-growing industry in South Carolina depends on Mexican farmworkers, who every year arrive with H2A visas to a state where anti-immigrant sentiment has intensified.
“This lucrative industry would not exist without Hispanic labor and specifically workers from Mexico, who have come here legally every harvest-time for years,” Russell Ott of the South Carolina Farm Bureau told Efe.
In June, Titan farm in Ridge Springs, the largest peach-growing operation in the Southeast, began selling sweet peaches to stores on the southern border for the first time in 17 years.
The bilateral accord signed in early 2011 gives U.S. farmers access to the Mexican market, which banned imports of peaches from the states of Georgia and South Carolina in 1994 for fear of pests.
“This is very important for South Carolina farmers because Mexicans prefer the small peach produced in this region to the big ones preferred by consumers in the United States. It opens infinite opportunities to make money,” Desmond Layne of Clemson University told Efe. (more…)
Filed under: Migrant Workers, S.B. 20 | Tagged: Apolinar Hernandez, Clemson, Desmond Layne, farms, H2A visa, Hispanic, Jose Martin Calva, labor, Mexican, peach farmers, peaches, Russell Ott, South Carolina, South Carolina Farm Bureau, Tammy Besherse, Titan | Leave a Comment »
Posted on June 17, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
From Latin American Herald Tribune:
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – South Carolina lawmakers are debating a bill that requires all companies in the state to verify the legal status of their employees even as the state’s farmers express their concern about the lack of manual labor to bring in their harvests.
The state Senate this week approved a new version of SB 20 that demands that firms use the federal E-Verify program to hire personnel or face the possibility of losing their licenses.
The bill also would authorize law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration status of people arrested or detained for any reason and would make producing and selling false documents for undocumented immigrants a felony.
In addition, it allows state residents to sue municipal governments that do not force the local police to verify the immigration status of suspects and creates an immigration-law compliance unit. (more…)
Filed under: Arizona-copycat laws, immigrant community, Law Enforcement, S.B. 20 | Tagged: Arizona, E-Verify, Ivan Segura, Nikki Haley, Pew Hispanic Center, Richard Floyd, Russell Ott, S.B. 20, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, South Carolina Farm Bureau, South Carolina Hispanic Leadership Council, Tammy Besherse | Leave a Comment »