Can Business Solve the Immigration Mess?

After the federal government failed to pass immigration reform, states and cities are looking to companies to address the issue

Michael Francis is getting worried. At this time of year, the 56-year-old Arizona farmer is usually gearing up for his busiest season, culminating between December and February when workers harvest the potatoes, barley, alfalfa, and other crops he plants. But this year, he's concerned that some $4 million worth of crops could rot under the sun because of a lack of workers. Earlier this month, Arizona approved one of the toughest anti-illegal immigration laws in the country and he fears it will send workers fleeing from the state. "My whole life savings is in the fields, and I may not be able to harvest it," he says.

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