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    TV's Colbert, Frmwkrs. Union Miss 2 Key Facts in I.A. Stunt

    TV's Colbert & Farmworkers Union Miss 2 Key Facts In Their Illegal Alien Stunt

    By Roy Beck, Saturday, July 10, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT - posted on NumbersUSA

    4% and H-2A!

    These are two powerful reasons why TV comedian Stephen Colbert and the United Farm Workers of America are completely misleading the public with their "Take Our Jobs" stunt.

    They claim that they are bringing a dose of reality to the national desire to move illegal aliens out of the country. They suggest that because few Americans have stepped forward to take field work at existing wages and conditions, that means we need most of the illegal aliens who are in the country.

    In a nutshell, here are the two main reasons their gag is full of a baloney:

    Only 4% of illegal aliens have jobs in agriculture
    To whatever extent a farmer may rely on illegal ag workers, there is zero need for illegal workers. Farmers have an unlimited supply of LEGAL ag workers available through a foreign-worker visa program called H-2A.


    The Union's founder, Cesar Chavez, was a champion AGAINST illegal immigration because he knew how it depressed wages, benefits and working conditions for those who work the fields.

    But now the union is much more concerned with adding millions of illegal foreign workers into the rolls of registered voters to accomplish certain political goals rather than with primarily improving the conditions for farm workers themselves.

    Union officials said the campaign called "Take Our Jobs" is intended to highlight the role of illegal workers in feeding Americans and to goad Congress to overhaul U.S. immigration policy. . . I can't imagine we'll find that many Americans want to work in the fields," said Arturo Rodriguez, president of the California-based union.

    Kicking out illegal aliens would lead to crops rotting in the fields, higher food prices and a greater reliance on imports, the Associated Press says the union contends.

    "If we asked all the undocumented immigrants to leave the country, the agriculture industry would die," Mr. Rodriguez said.

    Can you believe such bald-faced lying!

    I hope you will challenge every reporter who ever quotes such nonsense without a response that shows what a lie it is.

    The H-2A visa program allows any farmer in America to import an unlimited number of foreign workers to labor in the fields.

    If the government made illegal aliens go home, there would be no reason for a single head of lettuce to rot in the fields or an apple to fall and rot on the ground.

    Then why are there so many illegal aliens working the fields?

    Because the farmers who hire them refuse to pay the slightly higher wages required when they use the LEGAL H-2A system and because they don't plan ahead enough to use the system. North Carolina farmers, on the other hand, have banded together in a kind of co-op to easily use the H-2A system and beat some red tape issues.


    Advocates for illegal foreign workers almost always focus on agriculture because they know -- as does Stephen Colbert -- that few native-born Americans are interested in working the fields at current low wages, tough working conditions and low benefits.

    But hardly any illegal aliens are in the ag occupations.

    The Pew Hispanic Center in April of 2009 issued a report that found:

    4% of illegal aliens are in "Farming, Fishing, and Forestry."

    That is according to Pew's Table 6, "Comparing Industries of U.S.-born and unauthorized immigrant workers, 2008"

    The overwhelming majority of illegal aliens (and even higher percentage of legal foreign workers) have jobs in construction, manufacturing, service and transportation. These are jobs that a high percentage of the 25 million Americans unable to find a full-time job WOULD take.

    Attrition Through Enforcement efforts that have helped cause a reduction of approximately 2 million in the illegal alien population over the last two years are designed to open up jobs that Americans DO want and to reduce burdens on taxpayers and local communities.

    Using ag work as an excuse for amnesty not only is illogical, it is intentionally deceptive.

    ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA

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    And the United States's legal H-2A Temporary Workers in Agriculture Visas program--which U.S. planter/growers tell us is both too expensive in some aspects and also unduly cumbersome to use-- could be modified after Canada's HIGHLY SUCCESFUL legal "Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)". (Please see below.)

    My personal plea:

    Please petition your congressional representatives to reform our current legal H-2A Temporary Workers in Agriculture program along the lines of Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Workers Porgram (SAWP) - link below - which evidently has worked successfully for decades! Under SAWP, the Canadian government contracts directly with other foreign governments, primarily that of Mexico, for seasonal agricultural workers. The foreign governments themselves select the seasonal workers from their country who will participate in the program each year. Canada inspects the operations of the farmers before they certify them as qualified employers, and guarantees all the workers' labor rights and full payment of their wages in Canada. At the end of their employment, all the seasonal agricultural workers are transported directly back to their home countries. (by Air Canada, I think). Both Canadian planter/growers and the workers themselves are satisfied with the SAWP program, and the question of giving such workers resident status in Canada plays no part of it. ... _tfw.shtml
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    Is he talking about Colbert on Comedy Central? If so, then Colbert is not a reporter but a comedian with a radical left political agenda.

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    I see it every day on my commute through LA? Field after field of crops waiting to be picked? MUST be why there are sooo many illegals here?

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