Carl might even agree with me on this one though...
From the law of unintended consequences: the strict illegal immigration laws recently passed in Alabama mean fruit rotting on the vine, a whole harvest is in jeopardy. (Yes I'm quoting the democratic underground.com there.) Well, how can this be true? Don't we have 9% unemployment in the country? In Alabama, its closer to 10%. That is 170,000 people out of work. By the way, all Alabama is doing is enforcing existing immigration laws. And, Enforcement Works as The Corner is quick to tell you.
But those 170,000 Alabama unemployed don't want the work:
“It didn’t take me six hours to realize I’d made a heck of a mistake,” ... Six hours was enough, between the 6 a.m. start time and noon lunch break, for the first wave of local workers to quit. Some simply never came back and gave no reason. Twenty-five of them said specifically, according to farm records, that the work was too hard. On the Harold farm, pickers walk the rows alongside a huge harvest vehicle called a mule train, plucking ears of corn and handing them up to workers on the mule who box them and lift the crates, each weighing 45 to 50 pounds.So, what to do? First of all, I agree with the Libertarian position -- the Government should not be a barrier, if anyone wants to pick produce for $1 a box, then we should let them. Its hard work, and not anyone can do it. Yet, they are willing to work without benefits, without Social Security, without health care. They just want to work. Who are we to say no? Our system doesn't offer a solution:
Yet our system offers no legal channel for anywhere near a sufficient number of peaceful, hardworking immigrants to legally enter the United States even temporarily to fill this growing gap. The predictable result is illegal immigration.Another alternative, let prisoners gather the produce.
How about the Alabama National Guard? Aren't they for state emergencies? Should we alert the 167th Bean Pickers? If we can't put them to picking, then at least they could round up homeless, or unemployed and offer them work. Get the point?
Here's another idea: Anyone without a job, on public assistance that refuses to gather produce, how about eliminate their benefit? That ought to motivate them. Welfare reform works. Or conversely, perhaps our 170,000 unemployed Alabamans are just to comfortable getting a government check to pick produce. Folks, if Mexico had half the 'social justice' the United States has, lettuce would be $12 a head. The immigrant exodus from Alabama is the perfect excuse to put all the Alabama lay-a-bouts to useful purpose. Got that, democraticUnderground.com?
Get a job!