Immigration issues endangering agricu...

Immigration issues endangering agriculture's future

There are 35 comments on the Evening Sun story from Mar 30, 2008, titled Immigration issues endangering agriculture's future. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

Hector Mateos, 18, trims raspberry bushes at Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm in Biglerville.

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Deb S

New Buffalo, MI

#21 Mar 31, 2008
Jim Avery wrote:
What a wonderful opportunity to provide people on welfare and prisoners a chance to work and pay off some of the support the government gives them. They can go to work picking tomatoes. They get exercize, fresh aire and their salary can help defray the expenses government incurs on their behalf.
And what world are you living in? Maybe we could have them working for you too.
Deb S

New Buffalo, MI

#22 Mar 31, 2008
Jorge Ramos wrote:
These "farmers" rape the rest of the US taxpayers as they dump the social costs of education, medical, judicial, welfare.. etc on us. For the tomato farmer harvester's have been available to do this work since the 1960's. For the Mexican consulate to tell the lie that these illegal aliens don't take US jobs, have him/her go to a construction site and see these scabs have truly taken US workers jobs at a reduced unlivable wage. Unless you're living 20 to a house, pay not taxes, insurance... etc.
How much health care and education could the US provide with the money they are spending on the stupid fence?
Wake Up

New Oxford, PA

#23 Mar 31, 2008
"How much health care and education could the US provide with the money they are spending on the stupid fence? "

not much because the government would spend even more educating illegals
teejay223

Tucson, AZ

#24 Mar 31, 2008
Stupid Fence?

We were promised a 2-layer fence and so far weíve gotten a little fence here and a little fence there.
We have a virtual fence that doesnít work and we didnít even ask for it. We are asking our elected officials on a daily basis, via faxes, emails and calls, to build the 2-layer fence we were promised from CA to TX.

We are asking for more Border Patrol and more National Guard to be employed along the southern border. So we now hear that more National Guard will be removed in the next few months (BECAUSE IT IS WORKING! Why should we expect our government to allow something that works?)

The ďSTUPID FENCEĒ is not the complete answer to the illegal alien invasion problem, but it is a great
deterrent coupled with Border Patrol, National Guard and each and every state demanding that their elected officials pass bills for employer sanctions as well as all benefits from health care to education be restricted for American Citizens only.

Please visit the AZ border or any other southern state border and see what is happening each day including the destruction of the land by the illegal alien invasion and then tell me that any fence would be stupid.
mark

Moosic, PA

#25 Apr 1, 2008
Runaway illegal immigration and citizenship for lawbreakers is not the answer. Until those issues are addressed, the opposition will not stop. And yes, imported cheap labor DOES take jobs from Americans, it DOES depress wages and raise costs to taxpayers. Finally, I am sick and tired of hearing Mexican organizations talking about the rights of criminal invaders to my country. Criminals don't deserve rights to welfare and education.
mark

Moosic, PA

#26 Apr 1, 2008
Rednecks wrote:
Why do they allow rednecks to breed? Bunch of stupid redneck comments here except for a few. Too many rednecks in the world. Actually most are from the US and most make comments such as these. Racists, ignorant, wallmart shopping, overweight piggy eaters and flapping mouths. Yes....you know who you are.
Your stupid and will never get it, so don't breed please, it's time you phase out.
Thank you, Nancy Pelosi, for the usual brain dead racecard play. If you aren't smart enough for the discussion, just bow out gracefully and go use your weak racial argument somewhere else. I hear Alternet is looking for subscribers.
mark

Moosic, PA

#27 Apr 1, 2008
Beth wrote:
Most people don't understand how agriculture industry works, or they'd reserve their "rape" flame throwing comments for bigoted sites where they are welcome.
Beth, you had an argument there until you played the racecard. It's really too bad; I almost thought you had something to say.
Derrick

Latham, NY

#28 Apr 1, 2008
In the 1960s we had Mexican guest workers under the Bracero program. When congress discontinued this program, the tomato farmers complained it would end their industry. Instead, farmers increasingly mechanized the harvest over the next three decades, resulting in a quadrupling in the production of tomatoes destined for processing ó and a fall in real prices.

Bottom line when there is a tight labor market, you either increase wages, mechanize or do a combo of both.
confused individual

Chambersburg, PA

#29 Apr 1, 2008
I have a challenge which only you will know whether or not you have successfully won. Shut these terrible farmers up this year. Every one of you that is against the seasonal migrant workers just quit your job for just one summer and fall and go harvest the land. While youíre at this also shack yourself up in the migrant camps to show the rest of the nation that we donít need migrants to pick our fruits. Donít make excuses just do it!!!! I challenge you. If you are in charge of making the sun go around then convince someone around you to do it. Only you and the ones around you know the true answer to this. If you can do this, they wonít be back next year and if you canít, well I guess either way the question will be answered. I personally like my locally grown apples.
Derrick

Latham, NY

#30 Apr 1, 2008
To confused individual,
Why do we need to pick the fruit? Why can't we buy the fruit from Mexico and other Latin countries. Wouldn't it help them more if we bought their produce and they were able to remain on their land?

Nobody complains when a factory shuts down and we import items from China. So why should our farmers be immune from world trade? Giving our farmers subsidies, and allowing them to import cheap labor without picking up the social costs, hurts Mexico and other latin nations and forces their farmers off their land.

Our farmers should mechanize more, pay higher wages or use their land for some other purpose.
madmom

United States

#31 Apr 2, 2008
....the profiteers of illegal immigration...the growers, the farmers and of course...the MEXICAN government putting on a propaganda road show to convince the American public that the sky will fall if we don't continue to support, educate, provide healthcare for and other benefits to illegal alien Mexicans. There isn't a job Americans won't do for the right pay and working conditions. To say otherwise is to insult every single American. The United States is not the employment and social service agency for the underclass of Mexico....Mexico needs to provide education, healthcare and economic opportunities for its own people instead of wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in P.R. campaigns to convince the American public that it is our responsiblity to do what Mexico hasn't for its own people. Shameful.
madmom

United States

#32 Apr 2, 2008
American Harvest is propaganda piece....how about watching "Border" by Chris Burgard, an award-winning documentary taking a look at the atrocities committed at the border by illegal alien smugglers, drug cartels and human traffickers. see, www.bordermovie.com

Mechanization is a good thing....how about PA farmers get with the program? I'd rather pay much more for a head of lettuce and know that an American citizen is doing that job. Plain and simple.
madmom

United States

#33 Apr 2, 2008
No we don't need comprehensive immigration reform....we need and demand comprehensive immigration enforcement. ICE needs to round up all the 600, 000 criminal illegal alien fugitives for starters, identify and deport all illegal aliens in jail, local law enforcement needs to work under 287(g)...and any time there's an illegal alien identified and arrested in PA...there should be an automatic investigation into their employer and reports made to the IRS, the PA Dept. of Revenue for unpaid/unreported taxes, the Dept. of Labor for unpaid worker's comp. insurance, etc. Any and all public benefits in PA must be reserved for Pennsylvanians who can prove U.S. citizenship and legal residency in PA.
madmom

United States

#34 Apr 2, 2008
Deb S wrote:
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And what world are you living in? Maybe we could have them working for you too.
At least we know who they are, where they came from, their medical and criminal histories...something illegal aliens are never forthright about. Every person and company that hires an illegal alien is jeopardizing the safety, health and welfare of their family, their neighbors and their community.
lucas

Needham, MA

#35 May 8, 2008
This website is to long and boring.
I don't like it!!!!!!

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