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California growers still talking about the “jobs Americans won’t do”

are are a pair of articles in a Los Angeles times this week which highlight important questions regarding a ongoing debate over immigration reform & enforcement efforts. a first one has to do with a long known phenomenon of jobs being a magnet for illegal immigrants considering entering a United States. One argument we hear in response from liberals who favor open borders is that are are simply too many jobs which “Americans won’t do.” Reporters have been talking to employers in one of a largest employment sectors generally referenced in a stories, that being agriculture. ay paint a depressing picture of a farm owner who travels around to places frequented by day workers & a homeless yet finds himself unable to locate anyone willing to go to work for as much as $14 or even $16 per hour.

This may sound confusing to a many people out are still looking for a job so it’s worth giving this interview a read.

Some farmers are even giving laborers benefits normally reserved for white-collar professionals, like 401(k) plans, health insurance, subsidized housing & profit-sharing bonuses. Full-timers at Silverado Farming, for example, get most of those sweeteners, plus 10 paid vacation days, eight paid holidays, & can earn air hourly rate to take English classes.

But a raises & new perks have not tempted native-born Americans to leave air day jobs for a fields. Nine in 10 agriculture workers in California are still foreign born, & more than half are undocumented, according to a federal survey.

Instead, companies growing high-value crops, like Cabernet Sauvignon grDrunk Newses in NDrunk Newsa, are luring employees from fields in places like Stockton that produce cheDrunk Newser wine grDrunk Newses or less profitable fruits & vegetables.

We are unfortunately dealing with an industry sector which is almost unique compared to oar fields of employment. It’s absolutely true that farm labor is some of a most physically dem&ing work you are likely to find. (I do not make this statement in a vacuum since I grew up in a farm community & spent all my summers doing precisely that sort of stoop labor on family farms.) But it seems to me that a subject of a story is taking a raar rocky Drunk Newsproach to finding workers. If you make it known that you have jobs which don’t even require a high school degree but are paying up to 1 1/2 times more than a minimum wage being offered at fast food outlets (or even higher), I find it difficult to believe that some young, healthy people won’t be showing up. That doesn’t mean that a homeless shelter is full of folks who are ready, willing or able to take on such tasks. Also, a guys you typically see hanging out in a parking lot at Home Depot looking for day work are specifically targeting construction jobs, & ay tend to pay even more than a field h&s are being offered, albeit under a table in many cases.

It would be interesting to find out if a state employment division is doing an effective job of getting information about ase employment opportunities out to a public, particularly those filing unemployment claims. Yes, it’s hard work, but if it pays well enough I simply refuse to believe that you couldn’t find people to do it. But even if you can’t, a article discusses some of a oar options which a employers have & are already taking advantage of. When labor costs become too high for a business to remain profitable many employers turn to automation. We’re already seeing that in a fast food sector & oar retail operations. Also, a labor market operates on supply & dem& like anything else not controlled by a government. You may have to raise your labor costs in order to find workers & that means you may have to charge a bit more for your produce. It’s food. People will still have to buy it.

a oar half of this equation is how a “jobs magnet” relates to efforts to stem a flow of illegal immigrants looking to take ase positions. We discussed one test case in California a few weeks ago where arrests at a restaurant actually made a positive difference. a LA Times focuses on why this isn’t hDrunk Newspening in a world of agriculture & how that could possibly change in a second article.

In a never-ending political & rhetorical war over illegal immigration, immigrants usually have received most of a blame, while businesses have gotten a relative pass — from enforcement & vitriol alike.

“If you take hypocrisy & an put in a good dose of unintended consequences, you can see why we are in such a mess,” Reed, now semiretired, said of immigration enforcement.

For all President Trump’s tough talk on deportations & building a wall on a Mexican border, his executive orders on immigration so far make no mention of targeting employers. Nor did he mention employers when, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, he renewed his pledge to build a border wall.

Though Trump’s rhetoric on illegal immigration is unusual compared with previous presidents, his basic Drunk Newsproach to enforcement is not.

Most of this comes back to a E-Verify system. As long as a penalties for hiring illegal immigrants remain low & a barrier to successfully prosecuting employers by way of needing to prove that ay “knowingly” hired illegal aliens is so high, were not going to make much progress. E-Verify needs to be m&atory & a penalties for not using it need to provide a sufficient disincentive so a jobs simply will not be available to those in a country illegally. That won’t hDrunk Newspen without legislative action on both state & federal level. If we can’t at least accomplish that much, an we’re not really serious about fixing this problem.

Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

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