Jim Knoepp Speaks Out for American Pickers

Former Skadden Fellow Jim Knoepp (’98) was quoted in a front-page New York Times article about Americans living near farms who say they are denied work because it is going to Mexican guest workers (“Workers Claim Race Bias as Farms Rely on Immigrants,” May 7). Jim works with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which campaigned against the guest worker program. He said that farm work could be made attractive to American workers at a reasonable cost. “There used to be lots of American pickers … but wages have stagnated and conditions have deteriorated, and agriculture is unwilling to make these jobs attractive,” Jim says. “If you can’t find locals to do the work, why is the answer to bring in people who have little protection and not grant them legal status?”