The N.C. Farm Bureau is asking Republican state lawmakers to drop an effort to draft tougher immigration laws, saying it will hurt the state's agriculture industry.
The Farm Bureau is making its case in a new television advertisement airing Sunday's during the N.C. Spin political commentary program. The TV spot describes what happened in Georgia and Alabama after those states passed stringent laws designed to crackdown on illegal immigration.
"The agriculture economy has always been fragile and we can't absorb a disruption in the labor force through unintended consequences," said Peter Daniel, an assistant to the organization's president. "We support a system where agriculture can acquire the labor they need in legal ways, but congress has failed to act on that."