For California farmers, the use of undocumented workers is a fact of life.
"Bottom line, if I have to verify everyone, I’m not going to be able to harvest my crop," explains one farm owner, Mark Teixeira of Santa Maria.
When authorities clamp down, Teixeira and others can't get the labor they need to collect their produce. He said he let 22 acres of vegetables rot last year, and another farmer said he abandoned thousands of dollars of cherries.
George Skelton says in Thursday's column that California farms need changes in the country's immigration system that allow them to have a steady workforce.