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Whatever will we do without child labor?

In October, Mark Krikorian of CIS testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary about "Comprehensive Immigration Reform II". As their recent actions show, they weren't paying attention:
Lobbyists for business will disagree of course, but their claims of doom and gloom are nothing new. Forty years ago, for instance, California tomato farmers said that their industry would cease to exist if the foreign-labor program of the time – the Bracero Program – were ended. Instead, farmers invested in harvest machinery, causing output to quadruple and the real price of tomato products to fall.

Fifty years before that, the textile industry predicted disaster if child labor were ended: in fact, at a Senate hearing in 1916, one mill owner said that limiting child labor would "stop my machines"; another said "investors would never receive another dividend"; while a third said that ending child labor would "paralyze the country."

America's economy has done just fine without child labor, and it'll do just fine without more foreign labor...

...It's time to try something new: Attrition through enforcement.
There's a whole series of propaganda articles that bring yesterday's child labor into a modern context starting in "The Guardian: American crops rotting in the fields".

Immigration · Wed, 03/29/2006 - 05:45 · Importance: 1

Tue, 05/16/2006 - 08:46
liliana

u r all soooooo rasist i cant belive u dont lik mexicans!!!! shame on all of you!!!!!!!!!!!

Wed, 03/29/2006 - 10:05
Ralph

FYI: most textiles are imported. The textile industry is shrinking every year. And our farmers lobby congress constantly saying that can't compete in world markets without government subsidies and trade barriers.

Wed, 03/29/2006 - 08:45
Fred Dawes

Hi just got out of jail for standing up to 5 mexican cops that hate our freedoms, the beating was normal place kind of torture for the usa and the mexican cops ( read enemies of freedom and justice who need a rope ) the foreign enemy is bush and the so called program is a take over of this nation by drug dealers from the third world, the lobbyists want you dead for the ideals of evil. you will someday understand what camps mean if you don't get off your butt and fight back against bush and the reds and the third world evil that is now running your government think IDE'S. All of this is a joke you all will stand in line like good little jews waiting for the gas. how sad a non nation with no laws and no ideals, just like mexico and the third worlds people.