FAMINE in the US is a very real possiblity if a solution to this illegals/farmers political issue is not found. If prices are forced up state by farming state (Alabama now, other states to follow) and companies (always about the bottom line) start importing cheaper 'goods' from other countries, we could end up no longer producing the majority of our own food. We already import 32% of our fruits and 13% of our vegetables. If a natural disaster, war or world crisis or food crisis occured, the countries we import our food supplies from would feed their own populations first and we would have a massive food shortage on a scale the US has never experienced. I don't mean to sound like an alarmist, but this situation could have far-reaching negative consequences down the road, if we started to depend on other countries for an even larger supply of our food. It would not be a good idea and the thought of it is scary. I agree with everything Whats ina Name posted. The reality of big business is about pleasing investors and board of directors, with no concern about negative chain reactions (sub-prime, derivatives, recession anyone?)...and politicians have no clue about the side-effects from their myopic policies. I agree with a lot of posters that immigration laws should be enforced, where it concerns construction, landscaping etc. But, when it comes to farming and leaving farmers in a crisis that will result in scaling back or even going under and companies importing, some serious brainstorming and viable solutions (not blanket policy) need to be considered by our govt. Many companies outscource to save money, let's not let that happen with our food also. We need to be our own food source!<quoted text>
What a load of bullshit and blatant dishonesty.
The point is SB 1070 like laws should be enforced nationwide, your use of that argument is a pathetic case of logical fallacy.
Obviously there are areas where we have a competitive disadvantage, that's unavoidable in a global economy.
That doesn't mean we automatically stop producing or hiring in any of those fields. We don't import 100% of our farm goods you idiot.
The % of the demand filled for domestic consumption is easily competitive within the states as long as all states follow the same federal guidelines. The problem is the powerful corporate lobbyists and their corrupt politician cronies have handicapped our federal enforcement so much that we would even need state level legislation like this.
Okay. You're angry. I get that. Really. But come back to earth. The American standard of living really has raised to a level where we are not willing to pick strawberries or lettuce at any price. It's HARD WORK! Very hard work.
You could unionize it and that would be great. But almost all of your members f that union would be Mexican immigrants who (I would hope) have some legal work permit to be here.
I love strawberries, grapes, lettuce, melons and all sorts of stuff that, even during a depression like we're feeling now, we can't get American citizens to pick AT ANY PRICE. These "illegals" are being paid VERY WELL right now to do these jobs because no one else will do the work. They just won't. The work is too hard.