A "comprehensive" 1986 amnesty would have prevented pro-grower propaganda
Today's Wacky but Thought-Provoking Immigration Quote of the Day is featured in the article "Immigration bill sticker shock". The quote source is John Young, co-chairman of the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform:
"In my opinion, the fairer question is: How will illegal immigrants impact the costs of healthcare, local education, and social services without passage of comprehensive immigration reform? ...Had we solved this problem in a truly comprehensive way in 1986 ... we would not have the daily news reporting outright shortages of farm labor threatening the very existence of agricultural industries coast to coast".
1. This meme that the problem with the 1986 amnesty was not that it was a massive amnesty but that it wasn't "comprehensive" enough has also been used by such notable cheap labor pimps as Jack Kemp and Sheila Jackson Lee.
2. The "crops rotting in the fields" articles that he refers to are simply propaganda printed by MSM sources highly sympathetic to the needs of cheap labor employers. Even if the 1986 amnesty had been as "comprehensive" as it could be, if it weren't in any way enough the same forces would work their magic to have the same sources print their propaganda. And, farmers have been singing this same song for literally decades; before then, employers of child labor carried the tune.