A skeptical reader wondered how the Trumpish crackdown on unpapered immigrants might hurt Illinois agriculture, as I argued it would in "Absolutely ridiculous." More than 70 percent of the farm workers in Illinois may be immigrants, and many of those can be assumed to be undocumented, but how many people can that mean? Migrants aren't needed to work corn and bean farms.
Very true. But migrant labor is important to specialty producers in Illinois -- canning vegetable farms, dairy and sod farms, fruit orchards and nurseries. Plus, kids don't de-tassel corn fields like they used to, so seed outfits like Monsanto have to hire migrants to do that chore.