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“The more likely figure is 18-20 million and rising daily,” Zack Taylor, chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, Inc., said in an open letter dated Sunday. Read more: www.washingtontimes.com... Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
The illegal immigrants who harvest our crops have grown up doing this, learning the way my grandparents did. There are almost no Americans left who have either the painfully developed musculature or the painstakingly acquired knowledge to rapidly harvest a field without damaging the crop. And acquiring those skills is tricky, because the picking season for any one crop is very short . . . after which, it's time to start picking another crop that you don't know how to handle. And it's best done in a group of people who know what they're doing, not in a clueless mob that just got dumped in the fields for the first time. Of course, you can stretch this period out by following the crop from south to north . . . but most Americans do not want to live as migrant laborers, moving on every week or so and working through the weekend as long as the sun shines.
To my mind, it's a good thing that we no longer have much skilled farm labor in our citizenry: Americans don't have these skills because they have better alternatives. They don't migrate with the crops because they have better options that let them stay put.
So, i ask again, would kicking illegals out cause an economic boom?
They are all just the modern equivalent of slaves. The slave trade is alive and well!
Yes,I know, they do get paid but at a much reduced wage. Yes, things would pick up as more jobs would be available at the bottom if you will and that is one hell of a lot of jobs.
In the industry i work in i encounter lots of illegals. They are paid more than their american counterparts and the common reason given by employers is that the illegals are far more productive and have by far better work ethics than the average american. You will find agriculture , furniture, and construction industries would increase cost of doing business by far if illegals were kicked.
Dishwashing at restaurants
All those jobs they are willing to do for wages between 7 and 12 dollars an hour. I HIGHLY doubt any legal citizen would last a week in those jobs at those wages. would it create a boom? Highly unlikely as it would remove billions of dollars in sales tax from the local economy and at the same time drive up prices since companies would be forced to pay more for labor.