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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Poll: Americans Back Agricultural Worker Immigration Reforms

Rating: 9 votes, 5.00 average.

Most Americans get it that even after three years of high unemployment in the US, farms still can't find nearly enough American workers and we remain as dependent on foreign workers as when unemployment was at its lowest. 70% of us back immigration reform for agricultural workers.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    Greg, do you prefer this "without receiving amnesty" type/supplement to H2A program? Farmworkers prefer legalization-based programs like AgJOBS. This is what they think of the type polled:

    some agricultural employers have begun lobbying for an entirely new guestworker program or for "reforms" in the H-2A program to remove many worker protections. There are indications that some members of Congress may propose such legislation. Despite employer complaints, the H-2A agricultural guestworker program already provides a solution to agricultural employers who experience a labor shortage. Most guestworker "reform" proposals would facilitate the importation of a massive, exploited, disposable foreign workforce, without addressing the needs of our current experienced farm labor force (documented and undocumented). What employers usually mean by "reform" in this context is slashing wage and other worker protections, limiting obligations to recruit U.S. workers, and reducing government oversight.

    http://www.fwjustice.org/what-is-agjobs

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    The hypothetical plan polled would have "a requirement to first offer jobs to U.S. workers", "strict oversight of participating employers", etc. Based on history, those good sounding bits are highly doubtful in real world practice.

    Here is a link with more details about the poll:

    http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-national.php?Id=719&yr=2012
  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    "The hypothetical plan polled would have "a requirement to first offer jobs to U.S. workers", "strict oversight of participating employers", etc. Based on history, those good sounding bits are highly doubtful in real world practice."

    Dream on.....there are literally no US workers that want these jobs no matter how much they pay. Just ask GA and AL that have followed into your masters advise on their state anti-immigration laws. GA 11000 jobs unfilled and million in losses, next they tried probationers only 2000 were eligible out of that only 8 took the jobs and quit by mid day the same day. Just ask the dairy farmers in Wisconsin who does the job.... Wake up from the Dream and stop spreading the myth...
  3. gg's Avatar
    Australia is changing its immigration policy to attract more skilled workers from the US to fill posts in its booming mining and gas industries.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17582049
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    Whatever evidence from GA or AL or for that matter AZ or KS, people like Jack will harp on the same thing. As I have said when it comes to economics and law, to hell with the law and when it comes down between economists and lawyers (with all due respect to Greg) to hell with the lawyers!
  5. Emma's Avatar
    Yes, a majority support a farm guest worker program, but the reason why farm guest worker reform must not be passed as a stand-alone bill is that the other stakeholders (those who want high-tech visa reform,tourism visa reform, Irish visa reform, broad legalization etc) know that if the Congressmen who want farm worker reform get what they want, the same Congressmen will not support other future pieces of immigration reform, so passing farm worker reform as a stand-alone bill would reduce the chances to get 60 votes in the Senate and a majority in the House for other pieces of immigration reform.
    That is why those of you who want a guest worker program should tell your Congressmen to support comprehensive immigration reform.
  6. gg's Avatar
    Romney pivots (sort of) on immigration - goes on offensive

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Mitt Romney today flatly accused President Obama of reneging on his campaign promise to enact sweeping immigration reform, despite enjoying a Democrat-controlled Congress for his first two years in office.


    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/romney-goes-on-offensive-on-immigration-in-wisconsin/
  7. gg's Avatar
    GOP working on immigration deal ?


    "The good news for us is the Hispanics and the country as a whole are center-right," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who said tying the DREAM Act to more H1-B visas could amount to an election-year deal. "The bad news for us is that we're bleeding among that demographic."

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74663_Page2.html#ixzz1qwCTeEvT
  8. George Chell's Avatar
    The US and Euro zone economies are diverging because cheap American workers are stealing European jobs and undercutting the wages of the more expensive European workers...

    http://www.ftadviser.com/2012/04/03/investments/north-america/morning-papers-us-economy-contrasts-with-eurozone-W2A4xBBEc0IATdKxx3TK1H/article.html

    "more H1-B visas could amount to an election-year deal."

    With Grassley sitting in the senate, I wish Senator Lindsey Graham all the best..or should I say good luck with that!
  9. George Chell's Avatar
    Red State...communist state...Arizona..as I said Arpaio is a communist, Brewer is a communist, Russell Pearce is a communist and this legislation clearly proves that Arizona is a communist police state....

    http://gma.yahoo.com/annoying-offending-language-online-crime-under-arizona-bill-171544046--abc-news-topstories.html
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