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Judge Stops Illegal Worker Letters

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UNITED STATES--There are more than eight million illegal immigrants in the country's workforce. Many have labor intensive jobs in the agriculture industry. According to Attorney Tom Roach, attempting to replace these men and women is not realistic.

"I don't think people realize that its very difficult to get United States citizens or Green card holders to cut asparagus, to pick apples, to work in the grape vineyards," mentions Roach. It's virtually impossible.

Agronomist Stuart Turner helps local growers with labor and management issues. He says illegal workers are living in fear.

"They have turned in their lease vehicle," according to Turner. They have terminated the lease on their apartment and moved in with a relative. They literally believe that the immigration people are gonna come and scoop them up."

Even with the letters postponed, Roach says it's only a matter of time until another plan comes along and workers are fired and local farmers shut down. If that happens, expect your wallet to feel the impact.

"There's going to be a lot of farmers going broke," says Roach. And guess what..you are going to be paying a lot more for that Chardonnay wine that your drinking at those low, low prices now. And you are going to be paying a lot more for that lettuce and a lot more for the food commodities that are on your table."