Trump's deportations could cost farm industry up to $60 billion
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« on: April 26, 2017, 11:28:26 pm »

A new study from the American Farm Bureau Federation finds that Donald Trump’s mass deportation dragnet could cause the agricultural industry to lose tens of billions of dollars in economic output and raise food prices for all Americans, which would hit poorer families the hardest. Despite the fact that Trump’s whole canard has been “America First,” his anti-immigrant plans do anything but. Author and activist Julissa Arce, herself a formerly undocumented immigrant, explains:

    Some farm workers are already starting to leave the country for fear of being deported. But, if farmers lost all access to undocumented workers it could cause agricultural output to plunge by $30 billion to $60 billion and it could force food prices higher by 5 percent to 7 percent, according to a study by the by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

    A big lie used by anti-immigration supporters is that immigrants take jobs away from native-born Americans, but the numbers do not agree when it comes to farming. Even when farmers raise wages, many say they don't get more than a few Americans applying for their jobs. And, even when an American applies and accepts a job — many don't come back the second day. It's hard, back-breaking work and it's seasonal and migratory — something most Americans don't want to do.
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2017, 12:26:31 am »

These claims are completely hysterical.

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A new study from the American Farm Bureau Federation finds that Donald Trump’s mass deportation dragnet could cause the agricultural industry to lose tens of billions of dollars in economic output and raise food prices for all Americans, which would hit poorer families the hardest.

Labour is only a fraction of the cost of food... seriously, it's not even 10% for labour intensive crops. Price increases are insignificant compared to the positive impact of not having illegals draining public services and not contributing.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/low-paid-illegal-work-force-has-little-impact-on-prices/

Tomatoes are going to cost $1.55/lb as opposed to $1.50/lb!!! THE HORROR!!!

What's next? Reinstate slavery because people can't afford paying an extra five cents for tomatoes?

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But, if farmers lost all access to undocumented workers it could cause agricultural output to plunge by $30 billion to $60 billion and it could force food prices higher by 5 percent to 7 percent, according to a study by the by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

So this is not even about immigration but about conniving to keep illegals from getting busted. The impact of illegals is completely overstated, they are only 25% of farm workers.

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A big lie used by anti-immigration supporters is that immigrants take jobs away from native-born Americans, but the numbers do not agree when it comes to farming. Even when farmers raise wages, many say they don't get more than a few Americans applying for their jobs. And, even when an American applies and accepts a job — many don't come back the second day. It's hard, back-breaking work and it's seasonal and migratory — something most Americans don't want to do.

Americans don't refuse to do low status work, farms are usually located in areas where few people live and there's not a lot of people that will take a couple weeks off their regular job to pick. Americans absolutely do low status work and even relocate if the job pays well, as it's the case with mining, rigging, etc. Some farms are just not willing to risk their profits because there's plenty of cheap labour available. 

if your business model can't turn a profit without violating federal law, you shouldn't be in business at all.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2017, 01:20:20 am »

Many states including Florida allow illegal, undocumented immigrants to pick their crops.  There is a word for that.. SLAVERY. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2017, 02:25:57 am »

How is that slavery?  The illegal immigrants are free to work elsewhere.  They are also paid fair wages and are living a life that it much better than where they came from.  They can also go home anytime they like.
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2017, 03:18:42 am »

How is that slavery?  The illegal immigrants are free to work elsewhere.  They are also paid fair wages and are living a life that it much better than where they came from.  They can also go home anytime they like.

Calling it slavery is an exaggeration, but it does create a class of second-class people in society, which is never a good thing.

You know what doesn't make any sense? Notice the AFBF claims there's a labour shortage and Americans don't want to do low status work, but they very specifically advocate for illegal immigration. No push to legally hire foreign workers at the same wage level that would normally be paid to American workers.

People who subscribe to progressive liberal values and believe in equality should not be condescending to illegals. It's either legal immigration and full rights in society or no immigration and no breaking the law.
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2017, 07:10:52 am »

A new study from the American Farm Bureau Federation finds that Donald Trump’s mass deportation dragnet could cause the agricultural industry to lose tens of billions of dollars in economic output and raise food prices for all Americans, which would hit poorer families the hardest. Despite the fact that Trump’s whole canard has been “America First,” his anti-immigrant plans do anything but. Author and activist Julissa Arce, herself a formerly undocumented immigrant, explains:

    Some farm workers are already starting to leave the country for fear of being deported. But, if farmers lost all access to undocumented workers it could cause agricultural output to plunge by $30 billion to $60 billion and it could force food prices higher by 5 percent to 7 percent, according to a study by the by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

    A big lie used by anti-immigration supporters is that immigrants take jobs away from native-born Americans, but the numbers do not agree when it comes to farming. Even when farmers raise wages, many say they don't get more than a few Americans applying for their jobs. And, even when an American applies and accepts a job — many don't come back the second day. It's hard, back-breaking work and it's seasonal and migratory — something most Americans don't want to do.



Do you have an original thought in your head?   

Instead of 'cut n paste', try using your own words. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2017, 04:34:47 am »

It doesn't create a second class of people.  It creates what Republicans like to call "opportunity".  These are often people with little to no education who have lived a life of poverty in their country.  They come here and work hard and have an opportunity for a better life.  It's exactly the same reason by ancestors came here and probably yours as well.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2017, 04:43:52 am »

So be it.
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2017, 07:02:44 am »

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Tomatoes are going to cost $1.55/lb as opposed to $1.50/lb!!! THE HORROR!!! 

Shit, my weekly shop would cost $0.25 more.   Crazy?

I fucking love tomatoes.   

Bring in more illegals. 
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