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Administration rapidly escalating its crackdown on illegal immigrant employee errors according to a new report.
Recently more than 1000 companies have been getting noticed that their payroll records are coming under review by immigration officials outright audits.
But Joseph what Georgia as your -- is executive director of the Long Island farm bureau and says this will deal with severe blow.
To already battered businesses across the US -- now in claimants.
-- -- welcome thank you so much for being here.
Thank you lose I'm glad to be your -- the number certainly it look like the Obama administration is kicking into high gear when it comes to auditing companies.
And deporting illegal immigrants or immigrants who do not have any documentation.
What does this mean for American businesses.
Well he business that I represent here on Long Island is agriculture.
It's a very significant industry in New York State.
After Wall Street it's one of our State's leading industries.
We're very concerned about the ramifications of one of the things we've been asking the congress for for a year is using legal guest worker program so that we have access to -- -- My guys are very concerned that they would in fact lose labor.
And I don't know how we get the crops are the fields but it's beyond -- agriculture.
It's with our building trades.
The restaurant industry hospitality.
-- -- There's going to be a lot of economic pain throughout the country.
You know that the Bush Administration was -- on this -- and and we remember the chicken plant raids where they were just deporting people right and left.
They would argue and and the Obama administration argues as well well then those jobs will be filled by Americans who who either are our full out legal citizens or they were born here.
What do you say to that is that a realistic.
Belief that those jobs that we're loading up on our screen in it and in migrant workers etc.
for agriculture would be filled by Americans.
Well the reality is is that people domestic workers don't want to work on forms it's very hard work long hours.
And -- you know most people want -- be in a better part of our economy or better station in life.
We are fortunate that we are able to have a -- The course the production.
How hard it is to farm we have to having reliable.
Labor supply for the industry.
Look at us on our screen a 157.
Criminal arrests of employers people who cannot document their workers.
Obviously we we need a system here we need something where we can document everybody just for for the safety of the nation but what's your solution.
If if this continues and the crackdown is very intense at the moment.
Could you lose a third of your workers -- what are you looking at right now as far as numbers are concerned.
I believe that the number is 50% of all workers are undocumented.
Now I don't know that -- -- percent accurate.
However that would mean that there especially during right -- and -- -- farming season and if we more pro labor supply how to we get the crops on the hill.
And that that's of great great consequence not only iron to the farmers but to the public because we produce their food -- people need.
But -- -- our country.
Joseph if you have the president's ear right now what would you say to him about this.
That we need to work with the congress together with the administration.
So that we can have reasonable -- And that they're weak and having system that works for the security side of things.
But at the same token we must have in labor for -- Not only for agriculture -- for other sectors of our economy.
Show Coachella thank you very much for for bringing us your perspective it's a touchy subject but at -- -- -- it's hard to find people to fill those jobs it's true executive director of the Long Island farm bureau thank you so much.
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