Northern California businesses hit by ICE — will a worker shortage ensue?

In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows foreign nationals being arrested this week during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. Immigrant advocates on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, decried a series of arrests that federal deportation agents said aimed to round up criminals in Southern California but they believe mark a shift in enforcement under the Trump administration. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Host Nikki Medoro and her team revisited an NBC story about California’s multi-million dollar agriculture loss earlier this year, due to field workers fearing ICE raids, after news broke Friday the federal immigration enforcement agency had requested worker documents from 77 businesses in the northern part of the state.

They weighed in on whether a repeat effect in other industries, especially those predominantly staffed by undocumented workers, would finally open people’s eyes and spur immigration reform, or, if there would still be too big of a bridge to cross.

Listen to their conversation below (beginning at the 3:30 mark) to find out what conclusion they settled on.


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