Major Grower Ends Crop, Lacking Workers

Major Grower Ends Crop, Lacking Workers

There are 13 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 24, 2008, titled Major Grower Ends Crop, Lacking Workers. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Saying the nation's immigration system is broken, Pennsylvania's largest grower of fresh-to-market tomatoes announced Monday he will no longer produce the crop because he can't find enough workers to harvest ...

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Dave

Palm Springs, CA

#1 Mar 24, 2008
Pennsylvania's largest grower of fresh-to-market tomatoes says he will no longer produce the crop due to the lack of a reliable immigrant farm worker program.

Our prisons and jails are full of low-risk male and female inmates, who have been incarcerated for non-violent crimes. It is my belief that to break free from sitting in a cell, for a good part of the day would welcome their chance to breath the open air. The money normally paid to mostly illegal immigrants for harvesting the crops, would go a long way to feeding the jailed inmates family, who themselves might be living on government welfare. Farmers also get large tax incentives for buying farming equipment, so they should introduce the last innovations in new generation crop picking machines.

This is obviously being well played by the pro-illegal immigrant factions, hoping the national publicity will ultimately change the majority of public opinion regarding the illegal alien invasion.

An example of the huge budget meltdown for supporting illegal aliens in California is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, quoting from a Los Angeles newspaper. The growing connection between the wilting economy and illegal immigration is irrefutable. We only have to look at the massive budget deficit in California to realise the implications around our nation. Quoted as saying.

"Illegal immigration continues to have a devastating impact Los Angeles County taxpayers," Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said. "With $220 million for public safety,$400 million for health care, and $420 million in welfare allocations, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a year - not including the millions of dollars for education."

Such budget expenditures would better be used to equip small farmers with new harvesting machines.

I dare say La Raza, Mecha, US Chamber of Commerce and other special interest groups, will have plenty to say about article. We should all be aware that this is the agenda of the globalist open-border, free trade elites, who demands the free movement of cheap labor throughout the North American Continent.
PSL

Boca Raton, FL

#2 Mar 24, 2008
Well then, pay a decent wage OR go out of business!
BurningAtlanta

Mcdonough, GA

#3 Mar 24, 2008
Go cry to your momma. More and more farmers are using the H-2A but, as we know, it's ALWAYS about the money. If you can't find workers for $16 an hour then go up until you do get workers.

The reality is this guy probably sees more profit in another crop, typical business decision, but wants to blame a shortage of labor.
LIer

Bronx, NY

#4 Mar 25, 2008
This guy's full of fertilizer. If he's so "scrupulous" about making sure his workers are legal, then why would he be reluctant to risk a government raid on his workers? The American system works pretty well, if there's a need for something, someone will fill it. If it's not going to be you, then get out of the way.

Since: Apr 07

Columbus, OH

#5 Mar 25, 2008
I wonder why he doesn't advertise for help?

At $16 per hour,I'm sure there are plenty of legal folks to do the work.
Frank

Merrick, NY

#6 Mar 25, 2008
Indyeast wrote:
I wonder why he doesn't advertise for help?
At $16 per hour,I'm sure there are plenty of legal folks to do the work.
Right! Like he doesn't want to grow a crop and make money! You just don't get it or just don't want to. There is no one going to do this type of work at any price. If $16 an hour isn't enough, neither is $25 an hour. This country needs to face up to the labor shortage we have here and fix our broken immigration laws so that they reflect our need for labor...
LIer

Bronx, NY

#7 Mar 25, 2008
Frank wrote:
<quoted text>Right! Like he doesn't want to grow a crop and make money! You just don't get it or just don't want to. There is no one going to do this type of work at any price. If $16 an hour isn't enough, neither is $25 an hour. This country needs to face up to the labor shortage we have here and fix our broken immigration laws so that they reflect our need for labor...
Hmmmmm, 25 bucks an hour, fresh air, all the towmaters you can eat. Not too bad, don't you think?
Jeff H

Hamden, CT

#8 Mar 25, 2008
With all the people on welfare, if we cut welfare dramatically, this guy would have labor. Then these welfare mama's would also lose some weight, and become healthier. Sounds like a win-win-win to me!

Why does this country pay people to be lazy?
Say what

Portsmouth, VA

#9 Mar 25, 2008
Jeff H wrote:
With all the people on welfare, if we cut welfare dramatically, this guy would have labor. Then these welfare mama's would also lose some weight, and become healthier. Sounds like a win-win-win to me!
Why does this country pay people to be lazy?
I hear you, I thought at first this guy was paying $2 an hour or something.$16.59 an hour to pick tomatoes? I would think people would be lined up to get that job.
AJB

Tappahannock, VA

#10 Mar 25, 2008
Jeff H wrote:
With all the people on welfare, if we cut welfare dramatically, this guy would have labor. Then these welfare mama's would also lose some weight, and become healthier. Sounds like a win-win-win to me!
Why does this country pay people to be lazy?
Misguided generosity with opm, and thinking themselves better than others.

People thinking with something other than their noggin.

By the way, I heard someone say that if you are fatter than your doctor, you don't need food stamps.
PSL

Boca Raton, FL

#11 Mar 26, 2008
Frank wrote:
<quoted text>Right! Like he doesn't want to grow a crop and make money! You just don't get it or just don't want to. There is no one going to do this type of work at any price. If $16 an hour isn't enough, neither is $25 an hour. This country needs to face up to the labor shortage we have here and fix our broken immigration laws so that they reflect our need for labor...
That's not true! Don't be starting rumors BOY!
AJB

Aylett, VA

#13 Mar 26, 2008
Frank wrote:
<quoted text>Right! Like he doesn't want to grow a crop and make money! You just don't get it or just don't want to. There is no one going to do this type of work at any price. If $16 an hour isn't enough, neither is $25 an hour. This country needs to face up to the labor shortage we have here and fix our broken immigration laws so that they reflect our need for labor...
Another example of what one learns if their economics classes are taught at a government school and they choose to stay home rather than attend class.

HOW MUCH RENT-TO-OWN furniture you got in that doublewide, Frank??
Tickedoffchick

Meriden, CT

#14 Mar 26, 2008
Frank wrote:
<quoted text>Right! Like he doesn't want to grow a crop and make money! You just don't get it or just don't want to. There is no one going to do this type of work at any price. If $16 an hour isn't enough, neither is $25 an hour. This country needs to face up to the labor shortage we have here and fix our broken immigration laws so that they reflect our need for labor...
Excuse me, if the farmer was using legal workers, he wouldn't have trouble getting temps. in on visas. I doubt he's paying as much as he says.
Anyway, with all the daylaborers standing around in convenience store parking lots and home depots, I don't see how anyone can claim there's a labor shortage.

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