There is a disconnect in our immigration policy. The politicians talk about
"reform", but it usually means MORE people.We issue about one
million green cards a year, yet these businesses are complaining about getting
only 50,000 of those permits for ag workers.What is needed is an
understanding of where all these green cards are going and whether it is
benefiting our country. Chain migration does not benefit our country, yet it is
a large part of our total number.I expect we will never see an honest
hearing on the matter. There is too much money dangling from agribiz, home
builders and the hospitality industry. Washington can always find those who
will speak for the special interests, but who speaks for the people?Policies have not served the national interest in immigration for
decades...and it shows!
Nothing compassionate about the Compact or guest worker programs. They may help
one group of people, but punish several others. It's all about providing cheap
labor for business. As far as agriculture goes, business is having a problem
because those here illegally can work in better paying jobs. (construction,
landscaping etc.). Labor Secretary Hilda Solis first act in
2009 was to stop the streamlining of the H-2A visas, just reverse her and
Obama's actions to force agriculture to use illegals.
Since agriculture is one of the last reaming industries in the US maybe its time
to end this migrant worker program completely. Give the job and better pay to
the americans and who need jobs and taxes to government to sustain itself. Migrant workers are exploited and treated like slaves and slavery has
been abolished so the pay must be more in line with other labor jobs in the US.
Why can't an american work the farms and get paid enough to support a family?
Why import illegal labor and allow farmers to put children in the fields? As an
industry requiring labor, they should be under the control of the federal labor
laws like any other job.Block and eliminate migrant labor, put
americans to work. It's time farmers and commodity brokers pay the work force so
they can be self supporting families.The only reason we have grown
accustomed to migrant workers is because we had other industries to employ the
american workers. Now with limited industry, we must end migrant illegal labor.
Find and deport all illegals and a minimum 90 day jail term for those who hire
them. Why not make kids OK to hire for these jobs? We picked fruit as kids and
made good money at it. How about all the 'unemployed' sitting at home collecting
checks? If they turn down picking jobs, they lose unemployment checks - make it
"They're not taking your job," he said. "They're out competing
you. Why would we protect from non-productivity?Because they can not
legally work in this country. Judging the workers of an entire country as lazy
is insulting. With only 5% of those who come here on visas staying
in agriculture, it's obvious they don't want to work agriculture either. More
visas won't help if they just leave. And guest workers, rewarded for their
criminal acts, are not going to be flooding the farms either. The
only way it will work, is to have enforcement of our visa laws, with people
deported if they overstay. It will also require enforcement of all of our
immigration laws to make sure they don't go to the cities and work in jobs that
Americans do for less money. It's not about better workers, it's about cheap
workers, subsidized by the taxpayers. "Utah House Rep. Bill
Wright spoke to the group about the Utah Compact, which emphasizes economy, free
society and families." Doublespeak for business welfare. If you can't keep
visa workers down on the farm, maybe your the problem?
How does Rep. Wright know illegal aliens are better producers? He has spent 20
years in the legislature, and someone else feeds the cows and runs his dairy.
Utah's guest worker program is far from a solution for agriculture.
Why should they take those jobs when better ones are available? Utah will never
prosecute those who overstay their guest worker passes, and the people will go
where the money is. Agriculture has a deeper problem than can be
solved by rewarding criminal behavior, and punishing the honest. When people
come illegally for our jobs, they are getting amnesty if allowed to stay and
work. The only solution is to end the citizenship/visa penalty for
them being here illegally, having them go home, and come back legally. They can
take their turn like the rest of the world. This would set a good example for
those contemplating coming here illegally, and teach a valuable lesson to the
youth. You don't get rewarded by breaking the law. Visas will be
much easier to track, and force to stay on the farm once the laws are enforced.
The Agriculture industry SHOULD be putting their efforts into ENFORCING existing
federal immigration laws.Then, hopefully, if we ever get adequate
enforcement of existing immigration laws/quotas, they could make a case for more
agricultural visas.The agriculture community's complaints fall on
deaf ears when so many of our LEGAL citizens are unemployed, and the federal
government mostly ignores the problem of illegal immigration."Dektol" you make an excellent suggestion regarding the
unemployed!But will agribusiness be interested in those workers or would
they just as soon hire an illegal trespasser and not be bothered with the
"pesky" paperwork associated with utilizing the unemployed?
How is an acknowledge unconstitutional law, which the Utah Compact is a model
for anything, but bad law? Another thing isn't interesting how if you say Utah
Compact fast enough it comes out Utah Amnesty.