This is from a news item by Jay Reeves of the Associated Press:
“Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state’s crackdown on illegal immigration. Farmers interviewed by The Associated Press say they had no choice but to reduce acreage. They fear there won’t be enough workers to pick crops at harvest time. The crops are often picked by Hispanic migrants, both legal and illegal….”
What a pity. Now the farmers have to pay a fair wage to workers to pick their crops, and because other farmers can get away with paying pathetic wages to illegal workers in neighboring states, that places the poor Alabama farmers at a competitive disadvantage. How unfair! Clearly, the right policy was to continue to refuse to enforce immigration laws, so there would always be an abundant supply of workers who have to accept dirt-cheap wages, because they have so few other options. This would have the added advantage of depressing the salaries for legal workers, making the jobs unattractive to anyone, legal or not, who isn’t willing to live in the back seat of a Ford or in a lean-to.
Some might argue that the sensible and just policy would be to require all farmers, as well as with other employers, to hire only U.S. citizens or legal guest workers, pay fair wages and charge for their crops accordingly, which would mean that Americans could take the jobs, get off of unemployment, and not have to eat Alpo. These heartless people who argue this are what La Raza, Occupy Wall Street, The New York Times and Rachel Maddow would call xenophobes and racists.
Here is the Ethics Alarms rule of thumb: when the profitability of your business depends on the government refusing to enforce the laws, you need a better business model.
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