Debunked: Dave, here’s a statement by a growers association from over 10 years ago demanding immigration reform:
“Without guest workers willing to come to work in the U.S., America’s crops will go unharvested and livestock untended. Without these vital workers, the affordable and plentiful foods that America’s consumers want and need will be in jeopardy, as will the livelihood of farmers and ranchers who rely upon guest workers.”
“We urge Congress to follow the president’s lead and include a temporary worker program in any immigration reform legislation that is passed.”
“Farm Bureau’s praise wasn’t completely lavish. The California Farm Bureau reports a growing labor shortage that is putting the $2.5 billion Imperial Valley vegetable crop at risk, with harvest a month away.”
“To blame, according to the organization, a broken immigration system that includes increased border enforcement, no viable guest worker program and increased hassles for those trying to cross the border legally. California produces about 90 percent of the nation’s fresh winter produce.”
You didn’t hear about how crucial labor was, either because you didn’t pay attention, or you didn’t bother asking where the workers they had came from.
Now the Mexican presence is falling; partly because our economy stuttered, but also partly because their own demographics are far below replacement, and they don’t have the excess people they use to.
Which means labor shortages for us, and crops left rotting in the fields. Cause & effect.