Failure to pass immigration reform in Washington has North Carolina farmers worried about a labor shortage and a major downturn in their business.
They say workers are also becoming harder to find because of an increase in enforcement raids that have made it more costly for
laborers to sneak into the U-S. Pat Gaskin owns Laurel Springs Christmas Tree Farm in Alleghany County.
He says "You can just see, with the border tightening, that it's going to get bad."
Larry Wooten, president of the state Farm Bureau, says without reform that provides a simple method for bringing in unskilled workers, farmers who grow labor-intensive crops such as tobacco and sweet potatoes face a crisis and could end up out of business.