Although this excellent article clearly demonstrated what a tough issue immigration policy is, it failed to address the hypocrisy of business owners like dairy farmer Joe Wright.
The arrogance and hypocrisy just made me bristle.
Sarah F. Foss
People say that immigrants are taking jobs from Americans, but they forget that all of us were once immigrants. To keep out immigrants is like denying the identity of America; America is a nation of immigrants.
These business owners have a point. They try to open these labor-intensive jobs to American citizens, but no one comes. And because of this, their businesses suffer.
Immigrants have always been a steady source of labor, and they are one of the biggest reasons our country has thrived so well for so long. Immigration reform — to make it easier for immigrants to come here legally — is needed to ensure a labor force in America.
These immigrants are only trying to better their lives. Isn't it a compliment that they chose America to do that in?
I am tired of hearing the lame, pro-illegal immigrant argument that “they fill jobs Americans don't want.” If the pay were better, plenty of Americans would do those jobs.
I'm willing to pay $1 more for a head of lettuce (and see employers fined) if that's what it takes to hire Americans and stop the flow and exploitation of illegal immigrants.
It seems to me that an obvious solution to the shortage of farm workers would be to have a program in which people incarcerated for nonviolent crimes could be offered the opportunity to fill the farm jobs.
They could earn money while serving their time. This would be a volunteer program, of course.
And we need to work for a change of attitude so that farm workers and other workers without a college degree are respected. We have become a society that belittles the lack of a college degree.