WASHINGTON — The United Fresh Produce Association issued a statement on Tuesday advocating for an improved guest worker program and arguing that the Supreme Court’s decision on the Arizona immigration law (SB 1070) could be harmful for the produce industry labor force.
On the portion of the Arizona law that requires state police conducting a stop, arrest or detention individuals to verify immigration status, the Supreme Court wrote on June 25, "without the benefit of a definitive interpretation from the state courts, it would be inappropriate to assume 2(B) will be construed in a way that creates a conflict with federal law."
The court did not rule out further constitutional challenges after the law goes into effect.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s immigration law (SB 1070) will likely lead to even greater labor force instability for produce industry employers in Arizona and other states that have similar immigration laws. This labor force instability could impact farm employers across the country because of the migratory nature of labor in the produce industry,” United Fresh wrote in a statement to the media.