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US Farmers Keep Eye on Immigration Reform


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Carrie
- 398 days ago - voanews.com
American farmers are experiencing a shortage of people to work their fields. The workers they do have are largely from Latin America and in the United States with false documents. Farmers say without immigration reform, both problems will continue.



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Birgit W. (144)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:00 pm
I believe farmers have to hire workers the official way, which means they have to pay them more too. This would mean for us that all our veggies and fruits might get more expensive.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:11 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Jason S. (57)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:49 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

GGmaSheila D. (165)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:50 pm
Getting super sick of the GOP/TP holding up the country in every way they can. They don't have to worry about getting workers, no worry about how much their food costs or where their maids, etc are from. Noted.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:58 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:45 am
Farmers are likely, if not already, a threatened species.

Their fathers farmed the land.
They farmed the land.

What will their sons do?
 

Lona Goudswaard (68)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:13 am
The farmers in some states who hold illegal Latin American people as slaves under horrible conditions, are still going to back the GOP/TP because the GOP's stonewalling of any bill they don't like plays right into their cards. They can continue to suck these illegal workers dry until immigration reform takes away their power over them.

The immigration reform will make fruit and veggies more expensive perhaps, but there also will be more tax revenues from legal workers and I bet they taste a lot better too.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:30 am
The farmers are complaining that they can't get desperate men who will work under horrible conditions for $90 a day?
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:20 pm
Boy, I really feel for someone when they have to pay their workers a fair wage for working hard everyday. Such a shame. We really are at the mercy of the GOP/TP. Makes me sick. Thanks Carrie.
 

John De Avalon (35)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:17 pm
People have wanted cheap food, so someone has had to take the hit.

The workers toiling in the fields deserve a decent living wage. We just have to expect and accept paying more for our food.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:26 pm
I'm all for immigration reform, just not the over-bloated price tag that Congress has attached to the present bill. It doesn't pave the pathway very smoothly at all....a very convoluted bill at this point, which needs many huge changes.
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:53 pm
noted ,, Thanks
 

Aud nordby (712)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:05 pm
N&S
 

Syd H. (48)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:29 am
It would be great if farmers could actually pay a fair wage but those who buy the crops are not willing to pay enough for the farmer to pay such wages. Plus it's miserably hard work that soft Americans and Europeans are not willing or able to do even for better wages.

This is a great book to give an idea of what it's really like as well as what the food that gets in our mouths goes through first:

http://workingintheshadows.wordpress.com/buy-the-book/

It is the author's website which also has a blog attached with more info.

And here is a story about the slavery of Euro fields of tomatoes that have to compete with China which is the largest growing of tomatoes in the world (but does anyone who has a clue want anything from China -- though you can bet the Chinese tomatoes get in the food you consume somehow even if just juice in another product which does not have to specify country of origin such as Cambell's soups...).

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1033179/scandal_of_the_tomato_slaves_harvesting_crop_exported_to_uk.html

People want cheap [so-called] food and feel entitled to it. No matter how they feel about immigration they will throw a fit if food goes up even a tiny bit.

We, all of us have to make different choices, and buy fair food. Better for everyone involved. It tastes better too.
 
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