Agriculture officials seek access to migrant labor

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  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 1:38 a.m.

    How is an acknowledge unconstitutional law, which the Utah Compact is a model for anything, but bad law? Another thing isn't interesting how if you say Utah Compact fast enough it comes out Utah Amnesty.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    The Agriculture industry SHOULD be putting their efforts into ENFORCING existing federal immigration laws.

    Then, hopefully, if we ever get adequate enforcement of existing immigration laws/quotas, they could make a case for more agricultural visas.

    The agriculture community's complaints fall on deaf ears when so many of our LEGAL citizens are unemployed, and the federal government mostly ignores the problem of illegal immigration.

    "Dektol" you make an excellent suggestion regarding the unemployed!
    But will agribusiness be interested in those workers or would they just as soon hire an illegal trespasser and not be bothered with the "pesky" paperwork associated with utilizing the unemployed?

    Sept. 19, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    How does Rep. Wright know illegal aliens are better producers? He has spent 20 years in the legislature, and someone else feeds the cows and runs his dairy.

    Utah's guest worker program is far from a solution for agriculture. Why should they take those jobs when better ones are available? Utah will never prosecute those who overstay their guest worker passes, and the people will go where the money is.

    Agriculture has a deeper problem than can be solved by rewarding criminal behavior, and punishing the honest. When people come illegally for our jobs, they are getting amnesty if allowed to stay and work.

    The only solution is to end the citizenship/visa penalty for them being here illegally, having them go home, and come back legally. They can take their turn like the rest of the world. This would set a good example for those contemplating coming here illegally, and teach a valuable lesson to the youth. You don't get rewarded by breaking the law.

    Visas will be much easier to track, and force to stay on the farm once the laws are enforced.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Sept. 19, 2011 6:49 a.m.

    "They're not taking your job," he said. "They're out competing you. Why would we protect from non-productivity?

    Because they can not legally work in this country. Judging the workers of an entire country as lazy is insulting.

    With only 5% of those who come here on visas staying in agriculture, it's obvious they don't want to work agriculture either. More visas won't help if they just leave. And guest workers, rewarded for their criminal acts, are not going to be flooding the farms either.

    The only way it will work, is to have enforcement of our visa laws, with people deported if they overstay. It will also require enforcement of all of our immigration laws to make sure they don't go to the cities and work in jobs that Americans do for less money. It's not about better workers, it's about cheap workers, subsidized by the taxpayers.

    "Utah House Rep. Bill Wright spoke to the group about the Utah Compact, which emphasizes economy, free society and families." Doublespeak for business welfare. If you can't keep visa workers down on the farm, maybe your the problem?

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Sept. 19, 2011 6:38 a.m.

    Find and deport all illegals and a minimum 90 day jail term for those who hire them. Why not make kids OK to hire for these jobs? We picked fruit as kids and made good money at it. How about all the 'unemployed' sitting at home collecting checks? If they turn down picking jobs, they lose unemployment checks - make it happen.

  • AmPatriot Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 19, 2011 5:06 a.m.

    Since agriculture is one of the last reaming industries in the US maybe its time to end this migrant worker program completely. Give the job and better pay to the americans and who need jobs and taxes to government to sustain itself.

    Migrant workers are exploited and treated like slaves and slavery has been abolished so the pay must be more in line with other labor jobs in the US. Why can't an american work the farms and get paid enough to support a family? Why import illegal labor and allow farmers to put children in the fields? As an industry requiring labor, they should be under the control of the federal labor laws like any other job.

    Block and eliminate migrant labor, put americans to work. It's time farmers and commodity brokers pay the work force so they can be self supporting families.

    The only reason we have grown accustomed to migrant workers is because we had other industries to employ the american workers. Now with limited industry, we must end migrant illegal labor.

  • JBrady Murray, Ut
    Sept. 18, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    Nothing compassionate about the Compact or guest worker programs. They may help one group of people, but punish several others. It's all about providing cheap labor for business. As far as agriculture goes, business is having a problem because those here illegally can work in better paying jobs. (construction, landscaping etc.).

    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis first act in 2009 was to stop the streamlining of the H-2A visas, just reverse her and Obama's actions to force agriculture to use illegals.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    There is a disconnect in our immigration policy. The politicians talk about "reform", but it usually means MORE people.
    We issue about one million green cards a year, yet these businesses are complaining about getting only 50,000 of those permits for ag workers.
    What is needed is an understanding of where all these green cards are going and whether it is benefiting our country. Chain migration does not benefit our country, yet it is a large part of our total number.
    I expect we will never see an honest hearing on the matter. There is too much money dangling from agribiz, home builders and the hospitality industry. Washington can always find those who will speak for the special interests, but who speaks for the people?
    Policies have not served the national interest in immigration for decades...and it shows!