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The US House GOP Supports A Pretty Screwed Up Immigration System

Category: Immigration
Posted: 12/28/14 22:26, Edited: 12/29/14 11:38

by Dave Mindeman

I had to scratch my head when I looked at this headline in an AP story..

Farmers brace for workforce shortage under Obama's executive action on immigration

How could a policy that halts some of the deportations cause a workforce shortage????

The article explains....

Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California -- the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts -- fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

Thousands of the state's farmworkers, who make up a significant portion of those who will benefit, may choose to leave the uncertainty of their seasonal jobs for steady, year-around work building homes, cooking in restaurants and cleaning hotel rooms.

So if I have the interpretation right...... these seasonal agricultural jobs are dependent on workers living in fear that they will be found out by the Immigration Service and arrested? That keeps them working?

Can a system be more broken than that?

The House Republicans are grousing about Obama using executive action to help these people. And apparently, what these same House Republicans are saying is that they want the undocumented to be forced into jobs that don't ask questions. They prefer this "underground" economy.

And least that is the only interpretation I can devise because they do not want the President to act and they themselves refuse to act.

Is that really what the GOP wants?
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