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Some farmers concerned about immigration reform

As members of Congress continue to debate the plan that would give millions of illegal immigrants citizenship, some local farmers are concerned that if it passes, the bill could force them out of business. As members of Congress continue to debate the plan that would give millions of illegal immigrants citizenship, some local farmers are concerned that if it passes, the bill could force them out of business.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - As members of Congress continue to debate the plan that would give millions of illegal immigrants citizenship, some local farmers are concerned that if it passes, the bill could force them out of business. 

It's estimated up to 70 percent of farm workers are in the country illegally. 

Thursday, several farmers in Columbus County said that while some form of immigration needs to happen, they believe the current bill could hurt their business.

The farmers said that a couple of years ago, lawmakers in Georgia cracked down on illegal immigrants, which forced many farmers there to go out of business. They say that many crops in Georgia rotted because there weren't enough farm workers to help harvest the crops. 

"One year like that, a lot of that stuff you can't insure with federal crop," said Robert Bass, a farmer in Columbus County. "If he's got it out there and can't insure it and it's going to the bad is a total loss, it'll wipe him out in one year."

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