One of the largest crises facing America today is the question of immigration reform, and how the federal government will handle the documentation of the millions of illegal immigrant workers living in the United States.

At the Dec. 18 Agribusiness Economic Outlook Conference hosted by Cornell's Department of Applied Economics and Management, Thomas Maloney, Cornell senior extension associate in applied economics and management, detailed the effect that illegal workers have on the U.S. economy. Focusing on agriculture in New York state, Maloney said the contributions that migrant workers make in the agriculture industry are significant.