Farm Worker Shortage

WASHINGTON (November 2007) -- A new Backgrounder from the Center for Immigration Studies challenges assertions by farmers and the media that crops are rotting in the fields for lack of workers. Philip Martin, a professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Davis, examines workers wages, farmers earnings, and the prospects of mechanization.

The full report, entitled Farm Labor Shortages: How Real? What Response?, is available at http://www.cis.org/articles/2007/back907.html.

Among the findings:

# Production of fruits and vegetables have been increasing. In particular, plantings of very-labor-intensive crops such as cherries and strawberries have grown by more than 20 percent in just five years.

# The average farm worker makes $9.06 an hour, compared to $16.75 for non-farm production workers.

# Real wages for farm workers increased one-half of one percent (.5%) a year on average between 2000 and 2006. If there were a shortage, wages would be rising much more rapidly.

# Farm worker earnings have risen slower in California and Florida (the states with the most fruit and vegetable production) than in the United States as a whole.

# The average household spends only about $1 a day on fresh fruits and vegetables.

# Labor costs comprise only 6 percent of the price consumers pay for fresh produce. Thus, if farm wages were allowed to rise 40 percent, and if all the costs were passed on to consumers, the cost to the average household would be only about $8 a year.

# Mechanization could offset labor higher labor costs. After the Bracero Mexican guestworker program ended in the mid-1960s, farm worker wages rose 40 percent, but consumer prices rose relatively little because the mechanization of some crops dramatically increased productivity.

# Labor-saving mechanization can be difficult for one farmer, since packers and processors are usually set up to deal either with hand-picked or machine-picked crops, but not both. Government has a key role to play in facilitating mechanization.

American Citizens Attacked -- with Impugnity

Well those of us who complain about illegal immigration and lawlessness have seen this coming for a long time now. Illegal immigrants violently attack American citizens -- and are not punished.

Some American citizens were protesting companies hiring people who are actively breaking the law (illegals). The criminal alien invaders (illegal immigration or "undocumented" workers) proceeded to attack and beat the American Citizens who had not broken any laws. Since the illegals are used to breaking the law, and continue to be rewarded for breaking the law -- they continue to break the law. They're just getting more brazen and breaking more laws.

America used to be a country of laws. It is not today.

Border Movie Today

Dear Immigration Activists:

I would like to invite each of you to view two screenings of the movie "Border" here in NC that our organization ALIPAC is bringing to the state. We need as many lawmakers, citizen activists, and members of the media to attend as possible.

Many of you may have heard about this movie on CNN, Fox, and CBS or in the New York Times.

This film will be of interest to people that favor enforcement and those that favor amnesty.

The two showing are also being supported by Bill Lumaye of WPTF radio's Bill Lumaye Show and by Jeff Katz of WBT Radio in Charlotte, NC.

You can view a trailer for the film and order advance tickets online at www.BorderMovie.com

I will be speaking briefly at these showings and the film's creator, Chris Burgard, is coming to NC on his national tour with the film and will be glad to answer questions after each showing.

These show times are for 6:30pm EST, but an 8:30 showing will be added if the first sells out. That is why advance tickets are important.

This movie shows you what is really happening at the border in graphic detail. This movie shows you what North Carolina will be dealing with soon. People are planning to come from across the state and from SC and VA to see this film here with us.

Hope to see you there.

William Gheen
ALIPAC
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC
www.alipac.us

Celebrity Deportation

Uh oh, it seems that even celebrity children are not immune to being deported. Oh, the humanity. Someone protest something or burn something!

Your Mom Did Bad Things

So when a woman goes to prison for, say, robbing a bank and shooting a teller, do we let her go because she has kids? What if a mom is caught breaking into a house and stealing jewelry? Do we pardon her completely just because she has children? Heck, in most cases, doesn't someone get punished MORE if they commit crimes while they have children?

So why does the left love Saul Arellano? Someone needs to take this kid aside (it would be social services, if they were even remotely interested in helping, well, anyone other than themselves) and explain to him:

Saul, I'm very sorry to tell you this, but your mom did some bad things. She broke the law. She took things that didn't belong to her. She hid from the police. And she said that she will continue to refuse to obey the law. So she's being punished. As soon as she agrees to stop breaking the law, she will be able to return to you. But as long as she won't obey the law, she's going to be punished.

Because that's the truth. This kid is so much of a pawn it's not funny. He's being taught by the left to hate America. Great job, Democrats.

Keep in mind his mother is very clear: if she doesn't agree with a law, she is simply not going to obey it -- ever. I have no problem with that position at all. In fact, I do that very thing each and every day. But it's shameful to use a child like this to advance your political cause.

Citizenship Unconstitutional

Well, it's official now. Laws regarding citizenship are unconstitutional. The government is no longer allowed to pass any law that regards citizens, because the judges of America have decided that there's no such thing.

Once again I tell you: There is no such country as America. It has been ruled that having international borders is illegal.

Video Blogs For Borders

In this weeks edition...

Elvira Arellano's threats toward this country!

100% Preventable! A continuing bloody harvest of American citizens!

Watch it now.

Unions Stink

If you've read this site for any period of time, you know my position on unions. In case you don't, I'll outline it in brief for you: Unions suck. Sure, there was a time in American history when they made sense. Today unions are nothing more than political machines designed to make money for themselves and protect themselves from competition by exploiting others at any expense.

Here's an example -- from the Boston "janitor's" union:

Rosalia Minas, 41, said she is barely able to support her two children on her part-time job cleaning a building in the Financial District and had to pick up a second job.

That's what these slimeballs are after -- free cash. So, how much money do you think you should make to raise two children? Is $50,000 a year enough? Maybe we should be safe and call it $75,000. Now this greedy, miserable SOB wants to earn that much PART TIME. So she is honestly asking for $75 AN HOUR to sweep the floor. Seriously, that's what the union is asking for in this case! Gee, how many of you would work for $75 an hour, 20 hours a week, sweeping floors?

Slimy, greedy, miserable bums, the lot of them.

If you want money, how about working and earning it? If your job doesn't pay enough, how about trying to find another job? Gee, don't have the skills to be a brain surgeon? How about going to school? Oh, gee, you have kids to support? Maybe you should have thought about that before you had those kids -- the stork didn't bring them, you know? And by the way, Miss Minas, where's their father? Huh?

Sorry, I have no pity at all for someone who marches in the street to demand more for nothing. Worse, since this is in Massachusetts, I bet the government gives them their raise. Lots more money for doing absolutely nothing -- only government can achieve this feat.

I reiterate -- unions have no purpose today. You want to form one, you go ahead. However, don't try and stop me from crushing them.

The Lone Protester

The Lone Protester continues his campaign. If you forget who this is, it's a South Carolina man who was arrested while protesting illegal aliens committing a crime in progress. Yes, while the police were arresting him for protesting, he pointed out illegals in the process of committing crimes. He was arrested and the illegals continue their "work."

Terry Funderburk (the Lone Protester) says:

How is it that the political parties in this great country of ours, which prides itself as a nation of laws forget that they serve at the will of the people? How is it that they can control the system to the extent that they determine that certain of our laws will not be enforced? Who in this country has the authority to exceed the limits of the Constitution? How is it that these same parties can allow America to be invaded by millions upon millions of illegal aliens from other countries, totally against the wishes of a huge majority of Americans and in violation of the Constitution.
How can they allow our great foundations that were established 231 years ago to become so corrupted? How can they rip the Constitution to shreds, tear apart the Declaration of Independence and forget the Bill of Rights? How can they completely destroy everything our country was built upon? How can these two political parties so effectively and completely alter the future of this country and almost destroy the fabric of American society?
How is it that the American people can sit idly by and watch these once great political parties become so corrupt as to ignore the rule of law? Where are our great foundations of justice, the Bill of Rights, our local courts, the Supreme Court, indeed our entire legal system when the American people are in dire need of them? Where are our law enforcement institutions, local, state and federal when the American people need them? They are supposed to be the American citizens' first line of defense and they have been willfully negligent in their assigned responsibilities.
Why has government of all levels abdicated their responsibilities to the citizens of this country? Why does the will of the American people not matter anymore to certain people and parties in this country? How can we as Americans allow certain groups to so control our future that they are well on the way to destroying this once great country?
It is time for change. It is time for we Americans to take back our once great country. It is time we begin to set things right again. It is time for us to repair the damage these people and parties have done to us. It is time for us to rid ourselves of corrupt officials at all levels that totally control the system to the extent that the will of the American people are ignored and our laws are not enforced. It is time for us to hold our law enforcement officials at all levels to the oath that they swore to when they took those positions. To demand of them that they will not ignore certain laws. To demand of them to enforce all laws fairly and equally. Simply enforce our laws under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and every other law in the land.
It is time for a change in this great country. It is time for the American people to start getting angry about the great problems facing us and at the ones who are responsible for it. Angry at the ones whose solutions only erode this country more. It is time for the America people to take our country back. It is time for us to remember all of the great Americans that gave their lives, from the revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan, the ones who gave their everything. It is time to rid ourselves of politicians who have been in office so long that they think they own an inherited position. It is time to rid ourselves of politicians who have forgotten who this country actually belongs to. It belongs to us and we need to take it back. It is time for a change.