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Another Reason Not To Curb Immigration

August 13, 2015

From the front business page of today’s Wall Street Journal.

In an industry notorious for poor working conditions, farm companies are wooing employees by raising wages faster than inflation and enhancing medical and other benefits. Even so, many farms say these efforts have failed to meaningfully address their worker shortfalls.

Overall in the U.S., the decline in workers is reducing fruit and vegetable production by 9.5%, or $3.1 billion, a year, according to a recently published analysis of government data by the Partnership for a New American Economy, a nonpartisan group that supports a looser immigration policy.

The problem started years ago and was temporarily exacerbated this summer by a glitch that snarled processing for seasonal-worker visas and delayed the arrival in the U.S. of thousands of legal farm laborers, leading to millions of dollars of crop losses in California and other states.

More broadly, growers say they are bearing the brunt of the federal government’s crackdown on illegal immigration, as they lack a suitable alternative workforce. U.S.-born workers unaccustomed to farm labor abandon the job after just days during harvest, farm owners say, and the supply of mostly Mexican laborers that made up for them has shrunk in recent years. That is partly due to tighter U.S. control of its southern border and a declining Mexican birthrate that has decreased the number of young workers heading to the U.S.

6 Comments
  1. August 17, 2015 7:55 PM

    We fundamentally disagree on where to start. I think those who work here and make a difference for this nation and also have families and ties to this nation need to have a process made known to them through an immigration reform bill so to allow them peace of mind and at some point citizenship. I am amazed that no one commenting here is speaking to the post itself. Which in a way gives me the answer.

  2. tom permalink
    August 17, 2015 7:45 PM

    Here’s the problem your answer creates: you want people who did not follow one process to follow another. The place to begin any reform is with the border itself. Close it to illegal traffic. This is not cruel or in any way out of step with what happens in the rest of the world. While there is a need for workers to fill certain jobs, there is no reason why people who have illegally crossed the border–northern, southern, or other–to have some kind of right to those jobs as opposed to people from Africa, Asia, or wherever.

  3. August 17, 2015 12:59 AM

    Tom,

    I think there indeed need to be laws about border control–100% agree. What we need to accept however is that there also are millions in this nation who though here in ways other than the legal system provide economic reasons to be allowed to stay and gain–through a process–their legal status. Business leaders say what they need for workers–and this story is yet another example of those jobs not being filled.

  4. tom permalink
    August 16, 2015 8:25 PM

    I don’t think that mainstream conservatives have any issues with legal immigration or guest worker programs. I think most mainstream conservatives welcome improvements to the system which allows workers from other countries.

    However, it is certainly reasonable to expect that those workers follow the rules established and not just cross into the country illegally. The two are obvious and separate issues. Those who enter the US illegally are cheating the system despite whatever motives they imagine justify the violation of our laws.

    How is it anything expect reasonable to demand that the federal government enforce our borders vigorously as does every other nation?

  5. August 16, 2015 12:14 PM

    So do you have anything to say about the story from the front page of the paper that was at the heart of the post? (Perhaps you have no talking point for it?)

  6. August 15, 2015 7:12 PM

    Not one person is against immigration but the majority of Americans are against illegal immigration, somehow liberals are unable to understand the separation.

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