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Good idea. Take all the illegals
out of Texas and Alabama and California
and Iowa, tell the locals to pick their
own crops and work in their own
slaughterhouses. You complain about
those jobs being "stolen by illegals",
well, here is your chance to get them
back. Americans can do ANYTHING, you say -
except harvest artichokes for 12 hours a
day or change soiled hospital sheets or
do bedpan duty in a nursing home.
Another Year of Farm Labor Shortages
July 10, 2019
As we enter mid-summer, many of our
favorite foods are ripe and ready for
harvest. There’s fresh corn, fruits
and vegetables, peas and beans, and
more—all ready to be picked and
enjoyed now or preserved for later.
What may not be ready is a workforce
that’s available when crops need
picking. We are entering yet another
harvest season with no solution to
agriculture’s labor shortage. Every
year, there are stories about farms
that didn’t get workers in time to
harvest crops when they were ready.
I’m sure we will be hearing more of
those stories this summer and fall.
Farmers and ranchers in every state
tell me that the shortage of labor
is the greatest limiting factor on
their farms. They try to hire American
workers, but there are not many takers—
and those who do take farm jobs often
quit before the season is over.
An even bigger issue is the
undocumented workers who are filling
the gaps. It has been estimated that
anywhere from a third to half of farm
workers are not authorized to be in
the United States. However, most have
lived in our country for years,
working hard on our farms, raising
families, obeying our laws and even
paying taxes. They did not come here
to depend on government programs.
They have demonstrated that they came
here to work and help support their
families back home. That is a totally
different situation from the one that
is playing out on our southern border
today, and it’s important that we not
confuse the two. We need to get serious
about legislation that allows our
experienced, reliable and hardworking
farm laborers to remain in the U.S.
without fear of deportation.