Did the crackdown on illegal workers cost Apollo $76.5 mln?

April 22, 2009

tomatoEuroFresh, a leading producer of greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, partly blaming crackdowns on undocumented migrant workers for its woes.

In a bankruptcy filing in Arizona, where it is based, EuroFresh essentially said the government’s actions has raised demand for workers with legal papers, making them scarce.

“The pool of illegal immigrant labor in the area surrounding the Facilities shrank, creating higher overall demand for legal immigrant labor,” the company complained.

One might wonder whether this particular bankruptcy might prompt investors such as Apollo Investment Management, Barclays and JP Morgan, which hold millions of dollars to join the ranks of corporations such as Microsoft urging immigration reform including more visas.

As unsecured creditors, pretty much at the bottom of the totem pole, the three investors stand to lose $76.5 million, $47 million and $35 million respectively because of the bankruptcy.

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