4 men arrested for picking saw palmet...

4 men arrested for picking saw palmetto berries

There are 34 comments on the WTSP Tampa Bay story from Aug 31, 2007, titled 4 men arrested for picking saw palmetto berries. In it, WTSP Tampa Bay reports that:

Hillsborough County environmental specialists have gathered about 70 bags of saw palmetto berries, confiscated by sheriff's deputies in the past week.

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Tee

New Port Richey, FL

#1 Aug 31, 2007
Illegal pickers and illegals period?

“LIFE'S A BEACH”

Since: Aug 07

ODESSA

#3 Aug 31, 2007
for one i agree with the other comments but also i didnt even know what these berries was or that it was agasint the law to pick them learn something new every day i guess
larry

United States

#4 Aug 31, 2007
Florida is a sanctuary state.
Ilegals have overrun Florida, They have no fear of the law.
don juan pablo cortez

Venice, FL

#5 Aug 31, 2007
why do people complain about illegal aliens??? name one illegal alien that you know personally!!! can you? Can you name one way that they have affected your life?? I can say that we all live on the same planet, enjoy your life and allow others to come to this country to better enjoy theirs. you will be on this planet for 80 years give or take dont worry something much worse will happen in your lifetime that will make you wonder why you complain about differences in other people.
Nancy

Saint Cloud, FL

#6 Sep 1, 2007
I don't mind immigrants coming to this country but I do mind illegals. Especially when they come here by means of breaking the law. They top that with breaking more laws.
Holly

United States

#7 Sep 1, 2007
I am with Nancy. They are here illegally. PERIOD. I think they laugh at us, look we feed them give them medical care, help with housing etc. They are breaing the law. Do it legally and I have no problem with you.
get off your high horse

Lithia, FL

#8 Sep 1, 2007
don juan pablo cortez wrote:
why do people complain about illegal aliens??? name one illegal alien that you know personally!!! can you? Can you name one way that they have affected your life?? I can say that we all live on the same planet, enjoy your life and allow others to come to this country to better enjoy theirs. you will be on this planet for 80 years give or take dont worry something much worse will happen in your lifetime that will make you wonder why you complain about differences in other people.
I can tell you one way they affect my life and the lives of all LEGAL citizens. Our taxes pay for their children's education. Maybe our property taxes wouldn't be so high if we weren't using them to pay for educating the children of ILLEGAL immigrants. Schools are not allowed to ask if families are in this country legally and must educate whoever comes to them for an education. I know this because I am a teacher and I am forbidden to ask a child or parent about legal status. So YES they do affect me and everyone. This is just one way. Don't think that if it weren't for their children I wouldn't have a job. There are enough LEGAL children in this country to educate. If you have noticed we have a teacher shortage and many classes are being taught by substitutes. Maybe those LEGAL children could have a certified teacher if our resources were not being tied up by the children of illegal immigrants. I don't want to short change any child anymore than anyone else does but our children have a right to a free education because we all contribute to our society. Illegals don't. And yes I have known an illegal immigrant. Of course he is not illegal anymore. I got him deported!
Holly

United States

#10 Sep 1, 2007
Satan in Hell wrote:
Sheesh!
Your name sys enough. Get behind thee satan!!!!!
backwoods

Norridgewock, ME

#11 Sep 1, 2007
don juan pablo cortez wrote:
why do people complain about illegal aliens??? name one illegal alien that you know personally!!! can you? Can you name one way that they have affected your life?? I can say that we all live on the same planet, enjoy your life and allow others to come to this country to better enjoy theirs. you will be on this planet for 80 years give or take dont worry something much worse will happen in your lifetime that will make you wonder why you complain about differences in other people.
You break our laws. No Tag, No Insurance, No License, Loud Music and you expect someone to pay your medical bills when you suck a 'joint' down your throat. If you have a green card you do not pay taxes on your paycheck or the grocery store. Swim your way to Mexico and FAST cause we do not want to pay for the gas INS will bill the legal taxpayers for...comprindae
Christine

Lakeland, FL

#13 Sep 7, 2007
There is no mention of immigration status in this article. You assume these men are here illegally...why? The racism exhibited in these comments is disgusting.
Dawn

Lakeland, FL

#14 Sep 7, 2007
People assume they are illegal because they are obviously of some hispanic decent, and they were picking fruit, and they were committing a crime in the process. Regardless of status, they WERE COMMITTING A CRIME! They should absolutely be punished! If that means deporting them due to illegal staus, so be it!
On the illegal subject, we ALL pay and suffer for the illegal immigrants! My husband is a British national here on permanant residency. We did it the right way, the LEGAL way! We spent our hours in line at INS. It cost us a few thousand dollars in paperwork, and several years of waiting for an answer. He wasn't allowed to work for 6 months. I have no sympathy AT ALL for people (no matter what country they come from) that try to cheat the system and our country!! We pay for them to live here and destroy our land with trash. Not all are trash but all are here BREAKING THE LAW!! When they are arrested, or hurt, or educated, or hungry- We pay for that!!
Christine

Lakeland, FL

#15 Sep 7, 2007
Yes Dawn - they assumed they were illegal because they're of Hispanic descent, and that is racism. Your rant has absolutely nothing to do with the crime described in this article - you assume that because they're brown, they are here illegally. Disgusting.
Dawn

Lakeland, FL

#16 Sep 7, 2007
Actually at no point did I ever say that I thought they were illegal! I said people assume! You asked why people assume and I answered your question!
What I DID say was- regardless of their status they were commiting a crime and should be punished- IF they are illegal, then deporting them would be appropriate! That DOES fit the topic!
You maam are disgusting- don't put words in my mouth!
Christine

Lakeland, FL

#17 Sep 8, 2007
This was an article about people illegally picking saw palmetto berries, period. You wrote a half-page non sequitur about illegal immigrants. By doing so, you implied a connection.
Jim

Oneida, NY

#18 Sep 10, 2007
Some of the people involved in this enforcement effort know that the vast majority of the berry pickers who have been caught are, in fact, here illegally. They either throw their fake ID's into the woods or just don't carry it, thinking that they'll be let off with a warning.

It's also quite apparent that Juan Pablo has never had the need to go to the ER for a genuine emergency and been put in line behind dozens illegals who have clogged up the waiting room with their kids suffering from the "life-threatening" illness of a common cold. We don't pay for them being here illegally? "Free" medical care, "free" education for their anchor babies, "free" housing, "free" food & "free" clothing, "free" driving without license and insurance and causing thousands of accidents, injuries and deaths each year? Nope. We don't pay for them being here ILLEGALLY.
The Truth

United States

#19 Sep 2, 2011
The thing is illegals rarely get deported because we are in the midst of a planned destruction of the middle class. No mistakes have been made nor has incompetence anything to do with the matter. The Elite run this country and the world.
Edy E

Daytona Beach, FL

#20 Sep 19, 2011
I live three blocks from a saw palmetto berry buyer. I see pick up trucks lined up outside waiting to weight in their berries. The majority of the pickers are white poor people.
Illegals are still working cutting ferns and palm fronds. White people seem to be picking saw palmetto berries.
This is my own observation. I have spoken to a few couples who pick together and they say that they make over $100 daily from picking. It is either picking or working for minimum pay.
Many pickers have exhausted their unemployment, and have no other income.
Take the time to learn what is really happening please. Our country seems to have this misconseption that only illegals do this type of work. One of six people is poor. I would rather have them picking berries than breaking into houses.
Edy E

Daytona Beach, FL

#21 Sep 19, 2011
How many of you can say that you have actually spoken to the pickers? I can.
You're right, the middle class should be a protected species. They are rare.
Raise taxes on rich people and bring back the America we all wish we still had.
hungry

Brooksville, FL

#22 Sep 19, 2011
please tell me where i can sell these berries.i have them all around my house.i have no job and my unemployment has run out
non illegal

Sarasota, FL

#23 Sep 20, 2011
don juan pablo cortez wrote:
why do people complain about illegal aliens??? name one illegal alien that you know personally!!! can you? Can you name one way that they have affected your life?? I can say that we all live on the same planet, enjoy your life and allow others to come to this country to better enjoy theirs. you will be on this planet for 80 years give or take dont worry something much worse will happen in your lifetime that will make you wonder why you complain about differences in other people.
well they dont pay taxes and I have to educate their kids which means I have to pay higher taxes, same for healthcare, roads etc

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