Don't Let Fight Over American Jobs Lead to Loss of American Food
Apr 08, 2013
Immigration reform continues to be both elusive and divisive. Emotion and politics are an explosive combination and this issue has plenty of both. Meanwhile lost in this struggle to a lot of people is how their food supply could be impacted. Of course, most people in this country don’t spend much time thinking about where their food comes from so it’s not much of a surprise they haven’t given this much thought even if they have strong feelings on immigration. Agriculture relies heavily on migrant labor and despite feelings by many to the contrary, U.S. citizens aren’t lining up to fill those jobs. Even with high unemployment, many Americans don’t want seasonal jobs harvesting crops or the long hours working on a dairy farm. In recent years some crops have rotted in the fields and dairy operations have had a difficult time finding workers. That not only threatens farmers’ operations but pressures food prices and in some cases availability. A good farm worker program needs to be part of any immigration reform legislation that is passed not only to attract needed workers but keep them as well. Instead of fighting about losing jobs Americans don’t want, we need to focus on keeping food American do want.