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Originally posted by Roper
Now you can blame Bush and maybe you should. You should also blame your state politicians too. You may wish to blame the Democrats too, I think they were in total control of both houses of congress for a very long time and had the White House also form time to time. One more place to put the blame, YOU, for letting this problem get this far.
Everyone knows immigration has been in the news lately, and many Americans are all for a crackdown at the borders.
But there is one side effect of tighter patrols and more restrictions that not everyone thinks about — a shortage of farm help.
“Matter of fact, if we don’t get more help in here, I’ll lose apples — they’ll hit the ground rotten,” said Marvin Lively, who grows 60 acres of apples in Henderson County. “I’ve got five (migrant workers), and I need 10, so I got about half what I need.”
Lively and other growers say most local residents simply won’t do the hard labor that farms require.
Immigration controls cause worker shortage
When farmer Kenyon Farley hears about the "crackdowns" on the U.S.-Mexico border, he worries about his apples.
Last fall, Farley couldn't find enough farmworkers to pick the "quality apples" off his trees - he needed up to 30; he only got 10. So he lost money. This fall, he's concerned seasonal workers from Mexico won't make it across the border to help with the harvest, resulting in harder times for already struggling farmers statewide.
Complaints about a farm-labor shortage are often a common refrain among growers, but industry veterans say they're not an exaggeration this season as some soft fruit goes unpicked and savvy work crews bid up piece rates.
Rob Valicoff let $25,000 worth of nectarines begin to drop from the trees at his Konnowac Pass orchards last week so he could shift workers into the Gala apple crop.
"I had to make an economic decision. It made me sick," Valicoff said.
Originally posted by Oncewascool
I think that a certain someones post d#%$^&e is the most uneducated response ive ever read on tyhis forum..