November 1, 2011
JOBS WHITE PEOPLE WON'T DO:The Other Jobs Crisis: The immigration crackdown has created labor shortages. (WSJ, 10/31/11)
And at the low end, many employers can't find enough hands to pick their crops, bus tables, or in some places do construction. That's because thousands of laborers from south of the border have been scared away by U.S. immigration laws, leaving unfilled tens of thousands of jobs that few Americans seem to want.
Hardest hit here are farmers. Most of the 1.6 million agricultural laborers in America are Hispanic, and a majority of them are assumed to be undocumented immigrants. Without a steady pool of migrant labor during harvest season, farms have lost millions of dollars as crops have needlessly rotted.
In Washington state, apple orchards are running a radio recruitment campaign offering jobs that pay $100 to $150 per day, but so far with little success. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire said, "We're not getting anybody to take a bite on these jobs, so we don't have anybody to do these jobs." California avocado growers and Texas vegetable farmers are also desperate for help. Similar stories come from Colorado, Idaho, Oklahoma, Vermont and more.
For the folks who hate the immigrants n the first place, putting the general economy into a death spiral is just a good way to keep folks from wanting to immigrate there.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2011 5:23 AM
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