Or, we need to pay apple pickers reasonable salaries and then Americans will do it. I know a few out of work military types that'd do damn near anything to get some work but picking lettuce pays less than their unemployment, welfare and anything else they get. It used to be that you could be a picker and make a decent living, immigration killed that… absolutely killed it by allowing the industry to drop the pay knowing that immigrants would accept it.
Why pay someone the minimum wage to pick apples, Lettuce, or any other fruit or vegetables when you have illegal immigrants who will do it for $1-2 a hour. Same with some nannies and house keepers. You have illegal immigrants accepting work for less than 20% the hourly wage so companies are saving a lot of money hiring these workers instead of American workers to do the same job. Until we get rid of the wage cutters we will never have people working those jobs for a living.
Ninja, its not so simple hun. If you pay Americans to do it then you better be ready to pay 50% more for your "Apples" because the truth is if immigrants aren't doing it then the cost of everything will sky rocket!
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Yes, I know that prices will rise, although they won't skyrocket. The pickers are only one part of the equation of the cost of our produce. There are transportation costs, storage costs, the cost of gas, the cost of the store they sell the produce in, the cost of the workers in those stores. All of those costs will remain the same, more or less. But the good thing is, our unemployment will go down which will generally put pressure on employers to pay more, which means a better standard of living for everyone… which if we manage well may not lead to runaway inflation. Yes, I know there are many factors and there be unforeseen consequences, like inflation, but there may not.
1 dead near La Jolla, others missing after apparent attempt to enter U.S. By boat. One person was found dead, apparently drowned as up to seven people tried to enter the United States through the rough surf off LaJolla overnight, firefighters said Sunday. Source 4o.
We have so many of our own problems and all these illegal immigrants just add to it. Resources that could be spent on citizens have to go towards keeping aliens out.
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It is far easier to clean up someone else's house than your own. It is far easier to preach about someone else's issues than your own. Governments should always take care of the people they are responsible for, and illegal immigrants should be expelled as soon as they are discovered. Regardless of the time spent, etc.