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Foreign to us— U.S. agriculture depends on foreign workers. So does Canada’s. But that’s where the similarity ends


Marc Smith, assistant director of the Cornell University experimental station is visibly shaken as he describes events on some U.S. farms that seem more “Men in Black” than “Farmer in Plaid.” He talks in heart-wrenching detail about nighttime raids, helicopters landing in yards, Department of Homeland Security enforcement officers harassing farm employees, and farmers being taken away in handcuffs.


You soon appreciate why Smith says the mostly illegal Mexican workers and the American farmers who hire them are living in fear.

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