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Feinstein re-introduces AgJobs farmworker amnesty/indentured servitude bill

Senator Dianne Feinstein has re-introduced the "Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act" (AgJobs) farmworker amnesty plan [1] with sixteen co-sponsors [2]. Consider these listed features:

# Undocumented agriculture workers would be eligible for a “blue card” if they can demonstrate having worked in American agriculture for at least 150 work days (or 863 hours) over the previous two years before December 31, 2008.

# The blue card holder would be required to work in American agriculture for an additional three years (working at least 150 work days per year) or five years (working at least 100 work days per year), before becoming eligible to apply for a green card to become a permanent legal resident.

# The blue card would entitle the worker to a temporary legal resident status. The total number of blue cards would be capped at 1.35 million over a five-year period, and the program would sunset after five years.

A former Department of Labor attorney discusses it here, using phrases like "anti-American", "un-American", and "indentured servitude". Note that the cap would probably be increased over time until many more were covered by the amnesty, and note also that such programs are easy to abuse using fake documents. For instance:

Two-thirds of special agricultural worker applications for a 1986 amnesty were fraudulent. Terrorist Mohammed Abouhalima was one such fraud. He secured legal status, then got involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

And, note the incredible dishonesty in the various statements at [1], such as:

"During these rough economic times, our own farmers can’t find enough workers," said Senator Nelson (D-Fla.)... ...Efforts have been made for years to get Americans to do the work, but they simply won’t do it...

Absent easy access to cheap foreign labor, farmers and growers would be forced to either move offshore, mechanize, or raise wages and increase labor standards in order to attract American workers. If they really wanted to do the latter, they could do it especially with millions of U.S. citizens unemployed.

Then, under the headline "Consider some of these stories", they discuss a few crops rotting in the fields articles, part of the decades-long line of grower-friendly propaganda promising $10 heads of lettuce without a guest workers program. Two out of the three were discussed here: one about growers moving operations to Mexico, and another from a year ago featuring a tomato grower whining. As it turned out, he had been named to a panel by George W Bush.

UPDATE: The House version will be re-introduced by Democrat Howard Berman and Republican Adam Putnam. Craig Regelbrugge of the American Nursery and Landscape Association and the Agriculture Coalition for Labor Reform and Tom Stenzel of the United Fresh Produce Association cheer the news here.

UPDATE 2: Not surprisingly, the NYT supports the scheme.

[1] http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=NewsRoom.PressReleases&
ContentRecord_id=405eb8ec-5056-8059-76cd-3299775ec5d0
[2] The co-sponsors, all Democrats, are: Charles Schumer, Pat Leahy, Jeff Bingaman, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Bob Casey, Chris Dodd, Russ Feingold, Ted Kauffman, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Herb Kohl, Carl Levin, Joe Lieberman, Patty Murray, and Bill Nelson.

Thu, 05/14/2009 - 12:53 · Importance: 8

Thu, 05/14/2009 - 21:56
Fred Dawes
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nothing can stop the down fall of the USA Its set in political/race stone.

Thu, 05/14/2009 - 23:31
Edward

"The blue card holder would be required to work in American agriculture for an additional three years" Hmm, wonder how Feinstein figures to enforce that requirement? Maybe the same way her sanctuary state respects our current immigration laws? Once across the border I imagine they, like the previous 30 million 'temp' workers, might work one or two days at best. Then they will simply high-tail it to the nearest sanctuary state/city. It's not like Feinstein, or anyone else, will ever come looking for them. Or perish the thought, actually deport them. Which means no matter how many potential amnesty candidates and democrat voters are allowed in, Feinstein will be back in a few months with the same request...more temp workers. Reminds me of Groundhog Day, only with a bad ending.

Fri, 05/15/2009 - 15:58
Mary

Yet, they all ignore the absolute failure and bankruptcy of the State Of California. Could they destroy that state any faster? Doubtful, ...we can count on our representatives to ignore reality and march towards destroying the USA.

Fri, 05/15/2009 - 19:19
Fred Dawes
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Mary is right but what we will not face as Americans is the USA Has been dismantled and is now being sold to mexico/china and many other PEOPLE AND Places and its drug dealers love the stupit people now living here for not asking questions. To point out what is happen here in old SOCAL three hispanic cops shot a hispanic male age 16 or 17 the hispanic city government called it racists until the hispanic city government got word it was three hispanic cops no more talk of racist, it was called justice.

Sat, 05/16/2009 - 03:43
Leave it to Beaner

She's a jew

Sat, 05/16/2009 - 06:51
Fred Dawes
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I don't care who is a jew but you must be muslim, after all hitler had 200,000 muslims in his SS...PS The white SS Guys hated the muslims.