The American Farm Bureau Federation projects $5 billion to $9 billion in annual produce-industry losses because of the labor shortages, which have become commonplace for farmers such as [Maureen] Torrey [Torrey Farms Inc. of Elba, N.Y.], who said there were 10 applicants for every job five years ago.Not all farm production is equally labor intensive. Hired labor is 48% of the total production cost for fruit, and only 35% for veggies and 5% for corn.
“In the last year that wasn’t the case,” she said. “We hired anybody that showed up for field work. It’ll be interesting to see how many people we have knocking on the door this year.”
So, farmers want increased immigration and that immigration to come from South of the Border. The Mexican Drug Cartels want to use the immigrants (are the really migrants?) as mules, carrying drugs and use brutality to achieve their goals. Am I the only one (well, maybe Marisa DeFranco) who sees a morally unacceptable situation here?
Regards — Cliff