Yahoo’s “Lookout” Liberal Blogger Liz Goodwin Pro-Illegal Immigration and Anti-American

I should have known better. While checking my emails, I saw the misleading headline designed to steer liberal opinion. The Blog is called “The Lookout.”

It should be called the “anti-American Adolescent.” If you read Liz Goodwin’s Blogs, you get a real sense of the Bay Area mindset and college-think.

I’ve attempted to comment on her ridiculous stories, and may have said some harsh things, but she should expect it with the bullcrap guised as news she writes.

In the time-honored fashion, Yahoo censors would not allow my commentary.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110606/ts_yblog_thelookout/twin-immigration-laws-create-labor-crisis-for-american-farmers#mwpphu-container

 

Twin immigration laws create labor crisis for

American farmers

By Liz Goodwin

Georgia, Alabama, and Utah are the first states to follow in the footsteps of Arizona, passing laws that expand the power of local police to check the immigration status of residents. Legislators who back the new laws say they’re sending a message that they want illegal immigrants to leave their states, and that the federal government should do more to stop illegal immigration.

Apparently, migrant farm workers have listened, at least in Georgia.

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association told CNN that after Gov. Nathan Deal signed a law modeled after Arizona’s SB1070 in May, farm workers have fled the area. Some farmers lost as much as 50 percent of their workforce, they say. (The law is already being challenged in court; Arizona’s similar SB 1070 has been blocked by two higher courts.)

Fifth-generation Georgia farmer Gary Paulk told local paper The Daily Journal that he has only been able to find half of the 300 workers he needs to pick his blueberry fields, and that’s after hiking wages 20 percent. Another farmer said he had to switch to (less efficient) machines when he couldn’t find enough workers for his fields this spring.

“A lot of migrant workers who may have migrated to Georgia are avoiding the place,” says Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform Chair Craig Regelbrugge. “The field reports are pointing to significant loss of crops.”

Gov. Deal is now pushing to recruit native-born Georgians to fill the gaps, arguing that the high unemployment rate should make that possible. Nationally, about 85 percent of all agriculture workers are foreign-born, and as many as 70 to 75 percent are undocumented.

Industry insiders tell The Lookout that politicians shouldn’t hold their breath while waiting for Americans to flock to farm jobs.

“Our economists have estimated that in the U.S. economy there are 10 million-plus people who work at wages lower than what they could make in agriculture because they aren’t attracted to the work,” American Farm Bureau Federation government relations director Paul Schlegel said. He says the long hours, irregular employment and physical demands of farm jobs mean Americans would rather work elsewhere for less.

Diana Tellefson, the director of the United Farm Workers union, says when her organization asked Americans to sign up for farm jobs last year–via a dedicated Internet campaign that Stephen Colbert publicized on his show–thousands responded, but only 11 people accepted the offer.

The campaign, called “Take Our Jobs,” originated as a few Arizona farm workers’ response to politicians who said they wanted to pass tougher legislation so that illegal immigrants don’t take citizens’ jobs.

“Few citizens express interest, in large part because this is hard, tough work,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak said, according to the AP. “Our broken immigration system offers little hope for producers to do the right thing.”

Anti-illegal immigration groups like FAIR argue that if illegal immigration goes down, wages would go up for farm jobs, and then native-born Americans and legal immigrants would want them. Farmers say they can’t afford to pay more.

Around the country, states are considering a cocktail of measures that both sanction employees who hire undocumented workers and empower local cops to question people about their immigration status. Arizona’s employer sanctions law was recently upheld by the Supreme Court, which means many more states may soon adopt similar measures. Agricultural advocates say their business is uniquely dependent on migrant labor, and these laws could put them out of business.

Georgia’s new E-verify law–which will require all employers to ensure their workers are documented–may have the most direct effect on farmers. But Regelbrugge says it’s the state’s law that expands police authority to question immigrants about their status that seems to be most spooking migrant workers themselves.

“What’s really happening is there is a climate of fear, there is a climate of concern that–whether the law calls for it or not–racial profiling will happen,” he says. The law forbids officers from racial profiling when they choose who to screen for immigration status.

Regelbrugge says there are also signs of farm labor shortages in Florida, Georgia, Michigan and California. It’s unclear what exactly is causing the dearth of workers, but he speculates that increased border security has kept some migrants who would have returned to Mexico after the picking season in the United States, where they have then moved into other industries. Tougher borders also mean fewer migrant workers are willing to risk coming into the United States to replace them.

While there’s a federal visa program, H2a, to recruit foreign seasonal farm workers, farmers describe it as overly bureaucratic and too expensive. Among other things, it requires farmers to provide free housing that passes federal inspections for workers, when they say some seasonal workers on the border prefer to commute home and do not want to live on the farm. In a survey, 92 percent of Georgian farmers said they don’t use the H2a visa program.

Nationally, Schlegel says the Farm Bureau is most focused on an e-verify law that will be proposed in Congress this year. The group is asking that the agricultural industry be excepted from any proposed employer sanctions law.

“There’s an increasing level of anxiety on the impact it will have on labor availability,” Schlegel says of state-by-state enforcement laws.

(Workers in a Salinas, California strawberry field: Gosia Wozniacka/AP)

 

Click on the link to read the comments. As I always ask: you be the judge.

 

And my censored comment:

The misleading headline says: A new labor crisis for US farmers
Tough immigration laws are having a big impact on crop-producing states. Up to 50 percent drop.

The liberal Bay Area hallucinations headline:
Twin immigration laws create labor crisis for American farmers

Which is it? Labor crisis, or tough immigration laws?

This subterfuge plays like that K.D. Lang song: “Constant Conniving.”

The attempt to add words such as undocumented, migrant, police checking the immigration status of residents to our lexicon is deplorable, and downright disgusting.

They are illegal aliens. And while we’re at it, let’s pretend to not know this fact. Even Stevie Wonder can see this. Are we American citizens consigned to forced pestilence, or mere fools by you people?

The tens of millions who illegally settle in the US demonstrate disregard for our laws, and express their contempt for our national sovereignty. They proclaim, through their arrogant actions, their view that “we the people” though born in- and constituting the very fabric of this nation, have no say in the matter.

All one has to do is mention the menace of illegal immigration and you are designated the mahatma and dithyrambic inhumane right-winger that sentinels of racial human shields ardently detest.

That they propose we award tens of millions of illegal aliens with American citizenship and rights with no more virtue than jumping a fence is caustic. People illegally entering our country have no right to demand anything, or suggest how we should abide to our laws.

They most certainly have the right to petition the government of Mexico for change if they are dissatisfied. It is foolish to allow a demographic that considers Americans the enemy the privilege of being here.

They must not consider this self-deportation. It must be instead deemed a Chicano Studies Abroad Program.  If you were going to major in Latino Studies anyway, you can’t get much more Latino than Latin America. Right?

They can’t get the work or education in the country from which they are fleeing? First, it’s not our problem. Second, we’ve witnessed their protesting and arrogance here, the constant excuses to break our laws, and  the waving of the Mexican flags along with their hate-filled rhetoric.

Why not take political action in Mexico and make it the place they claim the United States is because of illegal aliens? Mexico could use the assistance. We’re all stocked up here.

Taxpayers’ dreams count too. Illegal immigration has been the non-stop nightmare for us all.

Democrats want the illegal aliens here for short-term political, and long-term financial gains. Latino leaders are seeking power with an army of tens of millions of illegal aliens, and constantly pulling out the well-worn mythical Hispanic vote card threatened against Americans by the National Council of La Raza.

Cowardly Republicans morons favor illegal immigration so that their corporate masters can bring in $12,000 a year chemists and engineers, along with 20 apple pickers that are feigned in these type of stupefying reports. They are not here to save us from pending economical doom.

And if they were not here in the first place, the dreaded price increase of lettuce will only climb 2 cents…

Note: I waited for follow-up reports to prove my point. As one would expect, she never disappoints:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110609/us_yblog_thelookout/college-educated-immigrants-outnumber-unskilled-immigrants 

 

http://beta.news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/struggling-single-mom-sells-obama-letter-153110485.html

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