Nov 22, 2005, 7:32 AM
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I refer you all to the on-line Washington Post this morning (November 22) where it is reported that there is a farm worker crisis among Western U.S. growers from winter lettuce to raisins to Christmas trees to melons and so forth since there is a shortage of farm workers to bring in these and other crops for several reasons - one of them being that the border patrol has been effective in intimidating Mexican workers from working the harvests. The problem is exacerbated by a boom in construction jobs which many foreign workers find preferable to seasonal harvesting.
The Western Growers' Association is pressuring the U.S. government to lighten up on their workers.
It seems that about 1/2 of the U.S. farm labor force of approximately 1,800,000 is in the country illegally and many of these people, who are essential to bringing in winter crops, are not showing up at the traditional pick-up spots. Winter lettuce and other crops are rotting in the fields for lack of manpower for harvesting.
The article is extensive and free for the reading with registration.
Is this delicious irony or what? Maybe the efforts of the jingos in the U.S. are working and they are succeeding in keeping out the foreign scumbags. To borrow from Marie Antoinette, "Let them pick their own lettuce."
By the way - aren't there a whole bunch of people who are U.S. citizens and were victims of recent storms who are seeking gainful employment at the present time? Where is Tom Joad when you really need him.
(This post was edited by Bubba on Nov 22, 2005, 8:31 AM)