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The agrobusiness industry has done what the manufacturing industry has not been able to do, keep labor cost down. This in good part at the expense of the workers.From the last amnesty how many workers (hard workers) stayed in the fields?I know of many that once they were legal and could work legally off the fields did so immediately.These jobs, as manufacturing jobs did, can be outsourced once the cost makes it profitable.Closing the border to the migrant workers has made their situation worse, as they can not easily go back home and then return for the next season, they are staying now year round and bringing their families up North. But that brings a hidden economic benefit to the comunities where they now live, they are no longer sending most of their earning to their home countries, they are now spending it here. No one talks about this, all the rethoric is about their cost in social services, to the school districts, etc. A fair analysis will prove their positive economic impact to their communities.This will be more apparent in Arizona if their new inmigration law stands, teachers layoffs, reduced tax revenues, drop in rental ocupancies, goods and services to all those illegal workers will be significantly impacted.Lets face it, the illegal inmigrants are not taking jobs away from legal residents, we are giving those jobs away to them. If employers are not allowed this access to this cheap labor they can take their bussiness to a place with cheap labor and good tax incentives, agriculture is more difficult to move but not impossible, it just has to make economic sense.Manufacturing jobs can return to the USA, but the labor cost has to be competitive (with China!). Using automation is another way, but automated factories do not need as many workers, just a few skilled (high paying) techs are needed.So how much are we willing to pay for our produce?
July 12, 2010 at 12:27 p.m.
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