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Why the AFB study claiming immigration enforcement will devastate agriculture is wrong - 02/10/14

... once. For more on these issues, see immigration agriculture, crops rotting in the fields, Tom Vilsack, Mike Johanns, Department of Agriculture, Western Growers, and the many other entries here. Want to do something about this? Tweet this post on a regular basis using the #ifarmimmigration tag. And, look up those repeating the study and make the points above to them. ---------------- [1] www.fb...

GOP "Standards for Immigration Reform": how it's wrong, how it won't work, what you can do - 01/30/14

... the rest of that paragraph, see immigration agriculture and Tom Vilsack. 10. Their "Youth" section is some form of the anti-American (and anti-foreign countries) DREAM Act. How that would harm American students and other countries is extensively discussed at that link. 11. They say there will be no "special path to citizenship", by which they presumably mean that those covered by the GOP program...

Ben Powell promotes Red Card plan, H1Bs using shaky economics (immigration, Forbes) - 10/19/13

... issue, see the entries on the immigration agriculture page. The large number of illegal aliens in the U.S. - whether on the farm or not - is evidence of massive government corruption as growers, food processors and similar groups donate to (or otherwise fund) politicians that look the other way on enforcement of our laws. 3. Powell laments the low number of construction-related visas in the...

Study: amnesty could shift agricultural workers to cities, decrease wages for Americans - 01/29/13

From this: Granting residency to undocumented immigrants in California could increase competition for low-end jobs as agricultural laborers shift to cities, while boosting tax revenues as other undocumented workers seek higher-paying positions previously denied to them, experts say. ...(After the 1986 amnesty), agricultural workers moved to areas cities such as Los Angeles, putting downward...

Howard Buffett shouts "Viva Mexico!"; supports amnesty and guest workers; enables illegal immigration; wins Mex. govt award - 12/02/12

That very long title is more than justified since Howard Buffett - son of Warren Buffett - has been very busy supporting very bad immigration policies. Yesterday in a speech to farmworkers in San Luis, Arizona Buffett enabled illegal immigration, supported guest workers programs, and supported amnesty. And, he capped it off by raising his fist and shouting "Viva Mexico!" (image below) But, wait,...

Matt Yglesias' crooked, libertarian, cheap serf labor scheme (immigration, Slate, DREAM Act) - 06/20/12

... furthers it. See those two links, immigration agriculture, Tom Vilsack, Western Growers, and related pages for much more on this aspect. Instead of opposing corrupt growers - forcing them to modernize and use legal labor working for good wages under safe conditions - Yglesias would give them even more of the cheap, exploitable foreign serf labor they crave. 5. Over three years ago, I sent an...

Julia Preston can't or won't follow the money and power (Mark Shurtleff, New York Times, immigration) - 06/15/12

In April, Julia Preston of the New York Times offered "A Die-Hard Conservative, but Not on Immigrants" [1] about Utah's former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a supporter of illegal immigration. The article is a bit like how a worthy country cousin might be introduced into East Coast high society; in this case that high society is the illegal immigration-supporting establishment. Among other...

USDA: millions fewer illegal aliens wouldn't devastate agriculture (farm labor supply economic models, guest workers) - 06/12/12

The table at [1] is from a Department of Agriculture study (link) showing the impacts of two different immigration scenarios: * One with an increased guest workers program. The increase would be due to changes to the H2A program as mandated by the AgJOBS bill. * One in which the "unauthorized" labor supply has fallen by 5.8 million people. That would be due to the use of eVerify as mandated by...

Fareed Zakaria's GPS Road Map for immigration (CNN, Bloomberg, globalism, Kobach) - 06/06/12

... labor to remain competitive. See immigration agriculture and crops rotting in the fields. Finally: In his analysis, Zakaria argues that time is past due for comprehensive immigration reform and the political focus on illegal immigration may be holding America back from progress – and it may also be misplaced. The Pew Hispanic Center recently issued a report that net migration flow from Mexico...

Tom Vilsack promotes illegal activity, uses bogus "crops rotting" line - 02/24/12

... as Vilsack. See Tom Vilsack, immigration agriculture, and Department of Agriculture for more.

With millions of Americans unemployed, Keith Olbermann promotes cheap, exploitable foreign labor (Georgia immigration law, Matt Ramsey) - 06/25/11

On his June 23 show, Keith Olbermann supported cheap, illegal foreign labor working in sometimes dangerous conditions rather than legal workers working for acceptable wages under safe conditions. And, he either fell for or tried to promote pro-illegal immigration propaganda. On the show (transcript at [1], video at bcove.me/9c9fn6v5), Olbermann claimed that Georgia's growers were "at least 11,000...

With millions unemployed, Ag Secy Tom Vilsack demeans American workers, promotes amnesty, opposes enforcement, uses bogus talking points, opposes eVerify - 05/27/11

Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack held a press conference on Wednesday in which he demeaned American workers, promoted immigration "reform", opposed immigration enforcement, and used a series of bogus immigration talking points. An account of his remarks is here, with more excerpts at [1]. 1. Vilsack ran down American workers, saying: "While some American citizens step up and...

Georgia farmers, landscapers plead for cheap, illegal labor (HB 87, SB 40, Farm Bureau, Agribusiness Council) - 04/05/11

Republicans in Georgia have introduced two Arizona-style immigration bills: House Bill 87 and Senate Bill 40. They'd require businesses to use the eVerify system with new hires and would also allow police to question suspects about their immigration status. Needless to say, that would cut into the profits of companies that employ large numbers of illegal aliens, and they've responded with an open...

Stephen Colbert shills for growers, supports bad policy in Congressional appearance (+rightwinger fail) - 09/24/10

Stephen Colbert testified before Congress earlier today and shilled for Big Agriculture and promoted bad, anti-American and anti-Mexican policy. And, the wider issue is also yet another example of failure by the rightwing commentariat, tea parties, and similar groups. 1. Coverage of Colbert's remarks is here and here. 2. Colbert is working with the United Farmworkers of America to promote their...

Mike Thomas of Orlando Sentinel supports exploitation of farm workers to keep prices low (UFW's anti-American takeourjobs) - 07/14/10

Mike Thomas of the Orlando Sentinel offers "If illegal immigrants go, produce prices would skyrocket" (link), a breezy attempt to put a happy face on the United Farmworkers of America's anti-American, pro-exploitation takeourjobs effort. The UFW's satire dares Americans to take farmworker jobs, falsely claiming that Americans are too lazy to do hard work. At the same time as smearing Americans,...

Juliana Barbassa of AP promotes UFW's anti-American "joke" (yes, Americans do field work) - 06/25/10

Juliana Barbassa of the Associated Press offers "Immigrant farm workers' challenge: Take our jobs" (link) about a new satirical campaign from the United Farmworkers of America. The UFW's campaign is anti-American; if you aren't familiar with this story see the last link. This post only deals with Barbassa's treatment. She says: According to the Labor Department, three out of four farm workers...

UFW's anti-American satire: citizens should take illegal aliens' farmworker jobs (Stephen Colbert) - 06/23/10

The United Farmworkers of America are playing a cute, anti-American game (link): Take Our Jobs - please. That’s the message from the United Farm Workers union, which is turning the tables on Congress after years of inaction on comprehensive immigration reform. Through the campaign, United Farm Workers plans to push members of Congress to make a plea to constituents across the country: Put illegal...

Before donating to Human Rights Watch, ask them about child labor on U.S. farms - 06/02/10

When it comes to immigration matters, far-left organizations love to complain about various downsides of a situation and at the same time support policies that make the situation worse. An example is offered by "Fields of Peril: Child Labor in US Agriculture", a recent report from Human Rights Watch [1]. If you're considering sending them money, please read the following first.

Bush to ease H-2A agricultural "guest" worker program; pulls plans from DOL site - 12/11/08

From this: [Pending Bush administration rules would make] controversial changes to the so-called H-2A guest-worker program [that] could cut wages and speed worker recruitment. They also would relax requirements for providing foreign workers with housing and transportation. A Labor Department spokesman said Wednesday night that the final rules would be made public Thursday and published in the...

Western Growers promoted Napolitano as DHS secretary - 12/11/08

Back on November 20, 2008, Western Growers issued this press release: Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama today commending him on his election victory and encouraging him to choose Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to serve in his administration as Secretary of Department of Homeland Security. ...Indeed, over the years, Western Growers,...

Is Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) a liar? (fruit, vegetable prices would double!) - 09/11/07

I'm pretty sure that Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) is a liar, but we won't know for sure until the "worst" happens: Consumers could see the price of fruits and vegetables double if the nation does not address a looming farm labor shortage in the wake of tightening immigration enforcement, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson said [collinpeterson.house.gov]. Peterson, D-Minn.,...

White House listening to pork producers, La Raza, Mexico-linked NALEO, NRA... just not you - 06/21/07

The White House offers a PDF entitled "What They're Saying: Border Security And Immigration Reform Agreement" and subtitled 'Business And Agriculture Groups Say "It Is Critical That The Process Moves Forward"' (PDF) [1]. It's just a collection of quotes from press releases from those few groups that support the Bush/Senate massive illegal immigration amnesty, and it contains no accompaning text...

John Quinones/ABC News: brazen illegal immigration-supporting hack - 11/24/06

John Quinones of ABC Nightly News offers "Pear Crop Rots as Field Hands Kept from Crossing Border", a brazen pro-cheap labor slab of propaganda that reports on what growers say without offering even the slightest bit of contradictory information. It is so biased it could have been - and might have been - written by the growers themselves. It even includes a grower being emotional: If the migrants...

[JOB] US-AZ-YUMA: Pick lettuce. $50 an hour. - 04/16/06

** Job offered ** Job description: Picking lettuce (link) Rate: $50.00 per hour (must work for one year) Contact: John McCain, Supervisor of Lettuce Operations, U.S. Senate (link) Employer's address: 241 Russell Senate Ofc. Bldg. United States Senate, Washington DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-2235 Fax: (202) 228-2862 Employer's field offices: Phoenix 5353 North 16th Street Suite 105 Phoenix, Arizona...

Bush is lying to you about "guest" workers - 02/18/06

Speaking in Tampa yesterday, president Bush offered a fairly standard recitation of his immigration talking points (link), albeit a bit more incoherent than usual. Let's just look at this one lie-rich paragraph: My attitude is, you recognize it for what it is, and you say, you can do this on a temporary basis. You say, if there's a willing employer and a willing worker on a job an American won't...

How Much Is that Tomato in the Window? - 02/09/05

The next time someone suggests that we need illegal aliens to pick our produce or lettuce would go to five dollars a head, please refer them to this 1996 study by a Professor of Economics and Agricultural Economics at Iowa State University: How Much Is that Tomato in the Window? Retail Produce Prices Without Illegal Farmworkers The removal of illegal workers from the seasonal agricultural...

"In Florida Groves, Cheap Labor Means Machines" - 03/25/04

Some Florida orange growers are getting smart and using machines rather than foreign serf labor. From the NYT: IMMOKALEE, Fla. - Chugging down a row of trees, the pair of canopy shakers in Paul Meador's orange grove here seem like a cross between a bulldozer and a hairbrush, their hungry steel bristles working through the tree crowns as if untangling colossal heads of hair. In under 15 minutes,...

"The Mirage of Mexican Guest Workers" - 01/12/04

The highly recommended article "The Mirage of Mexican Guest Workers" from Foreign Affairs magazine (80 Foreign Affairs No. 6, November/December 2001) is required reading for anyone concerned about the Bush/Fox Amnesty. It was written in response to the amnesty Bush had proposed shortly before 9/11, however it's just as timely as if it was written last week. The authors are Philip L. Martin (UC...