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Originally posted by slack
the truth of the matter is theres enough money and rescorces for evrey one on this dam planet to live happily, people who run, it dont run it like that, so instead of calling other humans "illeagals" for trying to make a better life for them selfs, lets realise its not there fault, and that you would do the same!
Supporters say they'll keep pushing the initiative.
Shortly before Thanksgiving last year, Tom Nassif did something few law-abiding citizens would ever think to do: He called the U.S. Border Patrol here and suggested agents stop manning a highway checkpoint intended to keep illegal immigrants out of the country.
A former U.S. ambassador and currently the president of a powerful farming association, Nassif told officials that the agency couldn't have picked a worse time to beef up enforcement. Didn't they know it was lettuce season?
The checkpoint - complete with drug-sniffing dogs - was meant to stop the flow of illegal immigrants who might have slipped through the regular border controls. But it was also ensnaring busloads of undocumented workers who are critical to the task of picking lettuce and other vegetables during the winter growing season. Border Patrol public information officer Joseph Brigman says he told Nassif that "we aren't targeting fieldworkers; we're conducting normal operations."
Nassif, head of Irvine, Calif.-based Western Growers, an association of 3,000 farmers who grow, pack and ship about half the nation's fresh produce, didn't buy that. The next day, he issued a public protest saying the ill-timed action was provoking an "acute shortage of labor" that threatened the harvest, which was just getting under way, and the economy of Arizona's richest agricultural region. Calling for the checkpoint to be moved, Nassif demanded a "reasonable application of enforcement now and in the future."
Few industries have come so close to admitting they cannot survive without the labor of illegal immigrants. In the process, the growers raised one of the trickiest issues in the widening debate over immigration: how to close the U.S. border to terrorists and drug smugglers without also stopping the flow of illegal workers who prop up big industries like agriculture.
At least half of the 1.8 million crop workers in the United States are undocumented, according to the Department of Labor. They sustain an industry valued at $30 billion annually. They also make lawbreakers out of thousands of employers who hire them to do work they say Americans are unwilling to do.
Originally posted by jsobecky
Whew! I read what drogo and ms_Bhavn write, and I think, yeah that's the ticket. But then you really can't argue with what lmgnyc says, either.
So what's the solution? Annex Mexico, IMO.