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In this Dec. 10, 2008, file photo, Shawn Coburn, a farmer who grows thousands of acres of almonds on the west side of Central California's Fresno County, and his foreman, Juan Guadian, right, inspect an almond orchard in Mendota, Calif. Coburn, who is politically active, said the mandatory E-Verify plan, which would require all American businesses to confirm their employees are legally entitled to work in the U.S., would be disastrous.

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Ag industry faces labor woes in immigration debate

A plan to require all American businesses to run their employees through E-Verify, a program that confirms each is legally entitled to work in the U.S., could wreak havoc on the agriculture industry where 80 percent of the field workers are illegal immigrants.


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