Farm Labor Shortage in California
Easier to cheat the IRS than work in the fields?
|Bloomberg -- May 16
Immigration Stalls As Opportunities Wane On U.S.-Mexican Border
As the economy boomed in the mid- 2000s, many immigrants in southern California's border country spurned fieldwork in favor of construction and food-service jobs. Then they stopped coming to U.S. farms altogether.
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So Larry Cox, who farms lettuce, cantaloupes and onions on 3,500 acres in Imperial County, California, shifted more production south of the border, where the Mexicali Valley offers a plentiful agricultural workforce, Cox, 53, said in an interview.
States in the southern and southwestern U.S. have passed immigration crackdowns, and the Supreme Court signaled last week it might be prepared to support an Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally during stops, arrests or detentions. Yet rather than an invasion, Cox's experience reflects an April 24 report by the Pew Hispanic Center, which concluded that the flow of migrants came to a "standstill" between 2005 and 2010, and may even have reversed.
"There's been a huge migration of skilled agricultural labor into Mexico," Cox said. "There is a creeping up of the average age of our workforce. We're not getting replacements."
Without new immigrants, agricultural operations from the desert region straddling the border to the slaughterhouses of High Plains states such as Nebraska and Iowa face labor shortages. Farmers got some relief when the real-estate crash drove out-of-work roofers, builders and contractors back to lower-paying jobs as field hands, Cox and others say. An uptick in construction could again leave them shorthanded.
American Patrol Report Comment
Full-time agricultural work represents about 3% of the California work force.
Hispanics are now almost 50% of the California population, or about 15 million people.
How is it that in a state with high unemployment, and at least half of the work force from a population that has historically earned money from farm work, those workers cannot be found? Could it be true that once legalized, Mexicans consider agriculture work beneath them? Is it easier for illegals to cheat the IRS out of $4 billion than work in the fields?
|Allan Wall -- VDare.com sc
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|Alex Newman -- The New American
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|London Daily Mail
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|Fort Worth Star Telegram
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|Selwyn Duke -- The New American
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|Sherwood Ross -- OpEdNews
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|Nicholas Stix -- VDare.com
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