California's $43 Billion Farms Seek Immigrant Fix to Fill Jobs

There are 20 comments on the Bloomberg story from Aug 14, 2013, titled California's $43 Billion Farms Seek Immigrant Fix to Fill Jobs. In it, Bloomberg reports that:

Along the road to downtown Salinas, California, a green-and-white sign at the edge of a plowed field reads in Spanish: "Looking for work? Call or come in.

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Brenda besson

United States

#1 Aug 14, 2013
When people keep pushing story after story.it tells me they know they are not winning the fight.john mcains words (we are not winning) no you are not! And everyone knows,so close and yet so far.they have tried it all.asylum,dream9,saying the dreamers cant be seperated from their parents,daca,stopping ice,janet napalitano making everyone look the other way,losing paperwork on 1million illegals,begging for organs.you know what no american people dont want it.thats what counts in the end !!!!!

“Work hard at work worth doing.”

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#3 Aug 15, 2013
Try mechanization...it will save tons of money down the road.
Pug

La Grange, IL

#4 Aug 15, 2013
Today, many machines are assisting in harvesting fruit and veg.

Less laborers are needed today than in years past.

So, why are are we told that millions of laborers are needed to pick veg and fruit?

Less laborers are needed in manufacturing. Why the "need" for cheap labor. The cost of the "cheap" labor is greater than you think.
Pug

La Grange, IL

#5 Aug 15, 2013
"Jose Sanchez, 63, a Mexican-born farm worker and a U.S. citizen, has worked in the fields of Salinas for 46 years. As a young man, he cut lettuce side-by-side with his father."

So, in 46 years farms still have the same work load and we are plowing the fields with horse drawn equipment? We still use oxen to pull the wagons of produce to market?

Congratulations to Jose Salinas on his U S citizenship.

Is lettuce still harvested by hand?
Dee Dee Dee

Emmaus, PA

#6 Aug 15, 2013
If only I could pay $5.00 an hour to have my landscaping done and have the government pay the person doing it an additional $10.00 hour I would not do it myself. That is exactly what these agricultural corporations have been doing for years and now that they are not able to do it they are crying the blues. Ever since the Emancipation Proclamation the agriculture industry has been finding new ways to exploit cheap labor. Share cropping, use of immigrant labor and now use of illegal immigrant labor. Granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, most of whom have never done and will never do farm work will not help the agriculture industry but n increase in H1-A visas and a reduction in oversight of the program tat is in the amnesty bill will.
Brenda besson

United States

#7 Aug 15, 2013
teddyr4me wrote:
Try mechanization...it will save tons of money down the road.
I would stop eating fruits and vegtables if they would leave.
Brenda besson

Las Vegas, NV

#8 Aug 15, 2013
I would eat only nuts if they left i like black nuts most of all.
Brenda besson

United States

#9 Aug 15, 2013
Juan grow up stop posting for me,juan you like black nut you illegal homo lol
Juan

Vero Beach, FL

#11 Aug 15, 2013
I don't want to hear the american public crying when they have to pay $3 for a head of lettce or $3 a pound for tomatoes.

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#12 Aug 16, 2013
Juan wrote:
I don't want to hear the american public crying when they have to pay $3 for a head of lettce or $3 a pound for tomatoes.
They won't, because this attempt to scare people into believing this myth has been proven to be false a few years back.
Pug

La Grange, IL

#13 Aug 16, 2013
Just google harvesting of potato crops and look at all the labor saving machines in action.

Carrots can also be harvested using more machines than people.

So why are we told that more and more illegal laborers are needed?

Do you really believe that a million or ten million illegals are harvesting fruit and veg?
Dee Dee Dee

Emmaus, PA

#14 Aug 16, 2013
Juan wrote:
I don't want to hear the american public crying when they have to pay $3 for a head of lettce or $3 a pound for tomatoes.
lettuce is already over $3.00 a head and tomatoes are almost $4.00 a pound. All thanks to high fuel prices which account for about 5 times the amount of the cost of produce that field labor does. Stop playing with your computer and yourself, wipe off and go upstairs and ask your mommy how much she pays for your food even with SNAP.
Brenda besson

United States

#15 Aug 16, 2013
Pug wrote:
Just google harvesting of potato crops and look at all the labor saving machines in action.
Carrots can also be harvested using more machines than people.
So why are we told that more and more illegal laborers are needed?
Do you really believe that a million or ten million illegals are harvesting fruit and veg?
no,i think they are busy selling drugs.
sparticus

Salinas, CA

#16 Aug 18, 2013
nothing needs to be fixed. ENFORCE the existing laws. Repeal Obama's executive actions.
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#17 Aug 24, 2013
teddyr4me wrote:
<quoted text>They won't, because this attempt to scare people into believing this myth has been proven to be false a few years back.
The cost of labor in food prices is but one element. The cost to get it to market plays a huge part in the cost of the product.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/200326...
Juan

Vero Beach, FL

#18 Aug 25, 2013
Dee Dee Dee wrote:
<quoted text>
lettuce is already over $3.00 a head and tomatoes are almost $4.00 a pound. All thanks to high fuel prices which account for about 5 times the amount of the cost of produce that field labor does. Stop playing with your computer and yourself, wipe off and go upstairs and ask your mommy how much she pays for your food even with SNAP.
Here in Florida lettuce is $1.98, in Texas $1.25 at the most, thanks to the undocumented workers working in the fields.

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#19 Aug 26, 2013
Juan wrote:
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Here in Florida lettuce is $1.98, in Texas $1.25 at the most, thanks to the undocumented workers working in the fields.
Oh, clueless one, wrong again. Without illegal aliens, the price of fruits and veggies will NOT soar. The University of Iowa conducted a study, "How Much Is That Tomato?" The study found that in reality, labor is but a a small part of the final cost
of agricultural products (which includes price to the growers, transportation costs, processing /storage costs, grocers' profit, etc.), using minimum wage workers instead of illegal aliens would increase prices of agricultural products by approximately 3 percent in the summer and 4 percent in the winter ... so once again, the claim that produce would go up astronimcally is just another scare tactic used by those who for whatever reason think illegals need to remain and keep doing what they are doing.
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#20 Aug 26, 2013
teddyr4me wrote:
<quoted text>Oh, clueless one, wrong again. Without illegal aliens, the price of fruits and veggies will NOT soar. The University of Iowa conducted a study, "How Much Is That Tomato?" The study found that in reality, labor is but a a small part of the final cost
of agricultural products (which includes price to the growers, transportation costs, processing /storage costs, grocers' profit, etc.), using minimum wage workers instead of illegal aliens would increase prices of agricultural products by approximately 3 percent in the summer and 4 percent in the winter ... so once again, the claim that produce would go up astronimcally is just another scare tactic used by those who for whatever reason think illegals need to remain and keep doing what they are doing.
He could go do some reading but then it might tax his brain or interfere with scheduling all those face plates...lol

http://www.cis.org/ProducePrices-WithoutIlleg...

http://www.cis.org/ProducePrices-WithoutIlleg...
Juan

Vero Beach, FL

#21 Aug 27, 2013
Just remember you heard it from here first.
chicagonut

Banning, CA

#22 Aug 27, 2013
Juan wrote:
I don't want to hear the american public crying when they have to pay $3 for a head of lettce or $3 a pound for tomatoes.
That is just a myth spread by the pro-illegal crowd. Little to nothing is passed on to we the taxpayer in savings from illegal alien labor. It is only the greedy employers/farmers that profit from them while they pass their social costs onto us. So in essence that $1.00 head of lettuce today actually costs us $5.00. Keep spreading the propaganda to defend your illegal presence here. It's fun to watch. Only 3% of illegals are picking crops anyway. The other 97% are doing jobs that Americans have always done for a fair wage.

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