USDA chief weighs in on immigration

USDA chief weighs in on immigration

There are 9 comments on the Appeal Tribune story from Aug 21, 2010, titled USDA chief weighs in on immigration. In it, Appeal Tribune reports that:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Friday that it's not just farmers, farmworkers and critics of illegal immigrants who have something at stake in how immigration issues are resolved.

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Disgusted

Idaho Falls, ID

#1 Aug 22, 2010
Gotta keep that price for lettuce low and after all all Illegal Aliens are just hard working field hands making Corporation Farmers even richer by working for near slave wages and CARED FOR THRU WELFARE and etc by other Taxpayers---making that dollar head of lettuce in the store--actually costing them about ten dollars a head with the TAX MONEY paid to support the near slave work force's welfare, medical bills etc added to the price.
But whatever keep the BS coming in support of another Illegal Alien
Amnesty!!!!!
rainyday

Corinth, MS

#2 Aug 22, 2010
What about the health risks that illegals bring with them when they work handling our foodstuffs? They have not had the thorough health screenings that legal immigraants must undergo; has the USDA EVER taken that into consideration? I thought one of its jobs was to ensure food safety. They have missed the boat.
Mismatch

New York, NY

#3 Aug 22, 2010
Disgusted - How true! The employers of the illegal immigrants have the best possible combination of benefits. The employers can hire the illegals at lower than prevailing wages, often pay those wages in cash under the table which saves more money in taxes plus the illegals will keep their mouths shut if abuses occur in the workplace so as not to expose themselves as illegals. For those that have the inclination to do business in this manner it is a dream come true, they pay little out of their pockets and the smucks (you and I) get to underwrite the bills for the expenses incured by the illegals, ie. emergency room visits, uninsured drivers, anchor babies and blah blah blah.... you get the picture I'm sure.
These unsavory business practices are actually protected by the government, it is the government saying "Go ahead, we will look the other way while this is happening, it actually fits very nicely into our agenda of keeping the illegals here until we find a way to grant amnesty to them and thus manufacture political gain."
Mismatch

New York, NY

#4 Aug 22, 2010
rainyday - They not only missed the boat, they sunk it with a torpedo!
With the USDA making inspections that heightens the chances of the illegals being exposed and that does not bode well for either the employers or feds and the sweet deal that has been made between the two.
Sadly, once again, protecting the illegals carries more weight than compliance with law. I'll tell ya, the bottom of this bus is starting to look awful familiar after being thrown under it so many times!
rainyday

Corinth, MS

#6 Aug 22, 2010
Mismatch wrote:
rainyday - They not only missed the boat, they sunk it with a torpedo!
With the USDA making inspections that heightens the chances of the illegals being exposed and that does not bode well for either the employers or feds and the sweet deal that has been made between the two.
Sadly, once again, protecting the illegals carries more weight than compliance with law. I'll tell ya, the bottom of this bus is starting to look awful familiar after being thrown under it so many times!
I hear you...funny, old georgie hasn't bothered to respond to the health angle yet. I can't wait to see how he slides around this one.
Mismatch

New York, NY

#7 Aug 22, 2010
rainyday - I hear you also, maybe those signs that expound hand washing need to be put closer to sink - that would be a fine start!
BTW, spending so much time under the bus I figured might as well learn to change the oil on the damn thing.
rainyday

Corinth, MS

#8 Aug 22, 2010
Good one! I like your spunk!
jeanjeanie

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Aug 22, 2010
Let me clear this up a bit. The open borders advocates have been using the excuse that we need all this slave labor or we will be paying $5 a head for lettuce. That is such a lie, I have to almost laugh at how gullible the public is. Letís break it down. First, less than 3% of the illegals actually work in the fields. Second, the cost of produce is not in the labor, it is in the marketing. Marketing is the cost for the land, water, seed, advertising, packaging, shipping and placement. The labor is a minuscule part of the cost, because the taxpayer pays most of it. The taxpayer provides for the migrants: housing, medical, food, education, discounts on utilities, childcare, legal representation, transportation and complete use of the infrastructure. The growers often pay minimum wage, which is subsidized by the taxpayer. Third, much of the harvesting can be done by machine, which the growers donít want to invest in because they require maintenance and storage plus the cost of the machines themselves. Cheap stoop labor the taxpayers pay to maintain. Fourth, most of the produce sold in our markets here in Californian is grown south of the border and often in contaminated fields using sewer water. What is grown here, mostly strawberries, is sold to countries that will pay top dollar for it, like Japan, because those counties know we control how our crops are grown. Fifth, many of those laborers are not even working full time or even part time. I know because I speak with them directly in their homes. They arenít getting the work because many of the fields have not been planted because of the lack of water due to the dying of the fish up in Northern California and a bill pass by Senator Dianne Feinstein to restrict the water to the farmers. The water is being used to water the fruit trees, not the annual crops. But they are planting strawberries. Which are the most profitable and most labor intensive, but as I said, the labor costs are minuscule, but the profit is the highest of all the annual crops because theyíre sold to other counties. In Oxnard they're paying $10.50 hr. and $.50 per box for strawberries plus the workers get free medical, childcare, section 8 housing, foodstamps, education, legal fees and so much more. That's all paid for by the taxpayer. That should tell you something. Those same growers are the ones spending billions to lobby both Boxer and Feinstein for more cheap labor visas, and theyíre getting them. Yet, Fresno has a 50% unemployment rate among the farm laborers. Feinstein asked Congress to fund the food banks because they were broke. These are the same food banks that are supporting the farm laborers, and our tax dollars are restocking the shelves. I have spoken with Americans who have tried to get some of the work in the fields and they said theyíre not hiring, especially Americans. So donít let anyone use that line ďWhy donít you go work in the fields,Ē because itís not true, American will work in the fields and are trying to. I live in an agricultural area and my work requires that I go to the migrantís homes and speak with them directly. I see first hand what is happening and what the truth really is. Even they want the influx of illegals stopped.
its a sick world

United States

#10 Aug 23, 2010
It is true about the welfare and working under the table. The DHS fraud workers should request camera footage from walmart. I worked there for two months and watched them time after time shopping as complete families sometimes three carts full always in the same order mom with her WIC and food card first and dad with a roll of cash in back surrounded by at least five kids and every one dressed in sunday best. No shame in thier game.

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