What a Load of Crap!

illegal immigrants

How stupid do they think we are? The NY Times:

California Farmers Short of Labor, and Patience

HURON, Calif. — When Chuck Herrin, who runs a large farm labor contracting company, looks out at the hundreds of workers he hires each year to tend to the countless rows of asparagus, grapes, tomatoes, peaches and plums, he often seethes in frustration.

It is not that he has any trouble with the laborers. It is that he, like many others in agriculture here, is increasingly fed up with immigration laws that he says prevent him from fielding a steady, reliable work force.

“What we have going on now is a farce — a waste of time and money,” said Mr. Herrin, a lifelong Republican who grew up in central California, adding that the country should be considering ways to bring workers in, not keep them out. “We need these people to get our food to market.”

California is home to an estimated 2.5 million illegal immigrants, more than in any other state. Perhaps nowhere else captures the contradictions and complications of immigration policy better than California’s Central Valley, where nearly all farmworkers are immigrants, roughly half of them living here illegally, according to estimates from agricultural economists at the University of California, Davis.

That reality is shaping the views of agriculture business owners here, like Mr. Herrin, who cannot recall ever voting for a Democrat. In dozens of interviews, farmers and owners of related businesses said that even the current system of tacitly using illegal labor was failing to sustain them. A work force that arrived in the 1990s is aging out of heavy labor, Americans do not want the jobs, and tightened security at the border is discouraging new immigrants from arriving, they say, leaving them to struggle amid the paralysis on immigration policy. No other region may be as eager to keep immigration legislation alive.

The tension is so high that the powerful Western Growers Association, a group based in Irvine, Calif., that represents hundreds of farmers in California and Arizona, says many of its members may withhold contributions from Republicans in congressional races because of the party’s stance against a comprehensive immigration overhaul.

There is more bullshit at the link if you want to finish reading it. I didn’t finish because I stopped reading and began cursing and screaming at my monitor.

I reside about 90 miles northeast of Huron in the Central Valley of California. I have lived here most of my life. From the age of five until I was thirteen I lived on a Del Monte farm labor camp because my evil step-father was the third banana at Fancher Peach Ranch.

I can assure you from my own personal knowledge and experience that there is no shortage of immigrant labor anywhere in this entire valley. None. What we have a shortage of is jobs.

Border security is a bad joke. Immigrants from Mexico and Central America flood across the border by the thousands every single day. A small percentage are caught at the border and returned to Mexico to try again.

The 99%+ that make it past the border are home free because there is basically no immigration enforcement anywhere else. When an illegal immigrant is unlucky enough to get caught by the police or in one of the photo-op sweeps that the “Migra” performs periodically, they usually get set free unless they have committed some other serious crime. The Obama administration has halted virtually all deportations.

If you visit one of the small valley towns like Huron you might think you were in Mexico rather than the United States because almost everybody in those communities is a Mexican national. Not just of Mexican descent – they are Mexican citizens.

It makes absolutely no sense to me that the Central Valley has one of the highest rates of unemployment and welfare dependency but at the same time they want us to start bringing in even more immigrants because we have a labor shortage.


Much of the pressure for immigration reform is coming from big businesses like the members of the Western Growers Association. They love cheap labor and it’s cheaper to pay off politicians than pay their workers more money.

I need to stop here because I can feel my blood pressure rising again.

Exit question: How did the author of this article (Jennifer Medina) happen to hook up with Mr. Herrin?

Fuck, fuck, fuckity FUCK!!!

Fuck, fuck, fuckity FUCK!!!

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61 Responses to What a Load of Crap!

    • DeniseVB says:

      Very cool myiq ! I did see that story, so far, only one was marked ? Early stories claimed all were marked, which would have been a concern.

      • The Klown says:

        I’d like to thank my family, my neighbors, my old 4th grade teacher, and Adolph Coors Brewing company for making this all possible.

  1. 1539days says:

    I don’t even believe stuff like “lifelong Republican” anymore. Time and time again, the White House and its minions have used OFA tools posing as impartial parents and interested citizens.

    Lou Dobbs (who actually picked produce in CA farms in his younger days) points out that the problem industrial farmers have is that they want CHEAP labor. Liberal critics often counter that the work is back breaking and potentially dangerous. The solution to that is organizations like OSHA. Automation would also come to agriculture if the price of labor actually rose to its real worth.

    • WMCB says:

      Dobbs picked produce himself, and is married to a Mexican woman. But that never stopped the Left from screaming “raaaayciiiiisss!!!” at him when he dared to fume about uncontrolled illegal immigration.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Yet Neblett lives on ?

  3. votermom says:

    OT very impressive Arkansas 15yo gives 35 min Powerpoint presentation showing the money trail in Common Core Standards.

    If you want to skip to his summary it’s at around 1 min before the end.

  4. votermom says:

  5. 49erDweet says:

    Shortage? Hahahahahahahahaha! Try exiting a Home Depot parking lot at 8am without running over a couple of dozen shortages. It’s a $ issue, not lack of bodies. There are crops and there are crops. Pay the right rate and watch them turn away half the applicants because of “old and slow”.

    • votermom says:

    • The Klown says:

      There is so much bullshit about illegal immigration. They don’t cross in the middle of nowhere, they flood across in places like El Paso-Juarez and San Diego-Tijuana. They come with their kids. After they cross they don’t hang around the border. They arrive with destinations in mind.

      We had a case where a guy was deported on a Thursday and he was rearrested in Merced the following Tuesday.

      • The Klown says:

        They don’t just come here to work in the fields either. Go out to a construction site and you’ll find immigrants working in what used to be unionized skilled-labor jobs. Illegal immigrants work in factories and food-processing plants in places like St, Louis and Chicago.

        • WMCB says:

          Yep. And the crews that hire them make no bones about the fact that they have ZERO interest in hiring any Americans, not even under the table for the same low wages. You pretty much cannot work a landscape or construction crew in parts of this country unless you’re Mexican.

  6. The Klown says:

    I can remember when “labor contractors” (aka “los ganchos”) were considered evil. They provide plausible deniability for the employers because as contractors they are supposed to screen the workers to make sure they are legal.

    • 49erDweet says:

      In that quoted story the claim the “labor contractor” was a “lifelong republican” stunk the most. In what blissful state could you ever find a grower gullible enough to trust him with a contract?

  7. The Klown says:

    BTW – isn’t it funny that the “Western Growers Association” is headquartered in a place without any farms?

  8. DandyTIger says:

    Obama just released 68,000 criminal illegal aliens. Because caring.

  9. swanspirit says:

    Here in Maryland, La Raza will help “undocumented workers” by giving them directions and or transportation to the right street corners and way stations ( bus stops Home Depots etc )to be picked up for day labor .

  10. swanspirit says:

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  11. helenk3 says:


    it is almost like backtrack signed an EO doing away with the immigration laws

  12. foxyladi14 says:

    Learning to speek da Spaneesh. 😆

  13. helenk3 says:


    must be too many of what harry calls dumb old people trying to use the internet

  14. votermom says:

    I just watched finale of the Walking Dead.

  15. helenk3 says:


    this does not surprise me. to show just how much power the Du Pont’s have
    one of the grandsons was walking drunk on a railroad track between Media Pa and West Chester Pa. He got hit by a passenger train going from Phila to West Chester. After that the Media- West Chester train ended at Media Pa and the passengers were bussed to West Chester and the track between Media and West Chester was closed

  16. WMCB says:

    My husband was told today that his chart notes now have to be written at a level that the average high school graduaute can understand. Because low-wage high school grads are who the hospital has doing their medical coding. So, he has to write a medical note that is professional and detailed enough to communicate with the next doc to treat the patient, and also complex enough to justify his billing, and also complex enough to protect him from any conceivable lawsuit re” his treatment of the patient. But it has to be “understood” by Jolene of the 80 IQ, who is entering the hospital billing data.

    He is so disgusted with this whole system. They are KILLING medicine in this country. Expect GOOD doctors to be quitting or going to a cash-only model in droves. You”ll be left with bean-counters and ticks-box-tickers diagnosing and treating you.

    • WMCB says:

      He says he’s going to start writing for, say, a cardiac patient, that “their heart got a booboo, and that’s bad.”

      • swanspirit says:

        I swear to Goddess , I once had to correct a nurse who wrote on a chart “Their labs were out of whack ” And when I told her she couldn’t write that , and that she had to write actual values and whether they were higher or lower than healthy parameters ; she got indignant and started an argument in the nurses station . But now, for Obamacare , I guess that would be ok , because health care is “out of whack”

        • WMCB says:

          They are doing the same to GOOD nurses as they are to good docs. No more focus on the patient – you are too busy ticking ticky boxes on standardized orders sets and protocols. You don’t have time to observe and interact with your patients. Too much data entry to do! Patients, and their needs, do not exist unless they can be jammed into the proper-shaped hole, on the correct govt form.

          The paperwork is FAR more important (insofar as keeping your job is concerned) than the patient these days. And the good nurses are just as frustrated and pissed off about that as the docs are.

        • WMCB says:

          Nurses no longer get to actually practice as nurses, and use their educated judgement. It’s all “follow the standardized algorithm”.

          • swanspirit says:

            We haven’t been to actually practice our profession for a long time in hospitals . I came to the conclusion that hospital nursing is inherently dysfunctional and Goddess Bless those nurses that are still doing it . That is one reason I loved home care nursing . One patient at a time , with real time for that patient .

    • WMCB says:

      Oh, and BTW, the way the critical care coding is being changed, it no longer pays for a doc to be a GOOD doc, and FIX what ails you. You know what pays? Doing a half-assed diagnostic job and stringing you along sick for weeks and weeks. And guess what? The system is going to reward unscrupulous system-ass-kissers, and penalize and get rid of docs who might actually make you better.

      The system is being set up to get rid of docs who actually give a shit about TREATING and FIXING medical problems.

    • helenk3 says:

      did you ever in your life think it would get this crazy in this country?

      • WMCB says:

        Word around the doc water cooler is more and more talk of going to concierge (cash only) practice and abandoning the system altogether. And every doc I know is telling their bright sons and daughters and young friends to avoid going into medicine.

        I cannot stress enough how badly these fuckers are DESTROYING the profession. You will be treated in the future by what amounts to glorified med-techs following a printed govt decision-tree, not a thinking, deliberating physician who sees you and your body as an individual case.

    • DandyTIger says:

      The system is completely fucked. I think if most everyone went to cash only services, it could be fine. The prices would go down because no more paperwork crap to do, people would think about prices and shop. But unfortunately it will probably be weather people doing it, so less downward pressure on prices. What a mess.

      • WMCB says:

        There are groups of docs trying to encourage as many docs as possible to go to a cash-based practice. Because their fear is that the govt will eventually crack down and forbid it. They want enough docs already outside the system, with enough (voting) patients, to have some clout to stop it if the govt tries to say you can’t practice medicine unless you participate in Medicare and ACA. If enough docs are already practicing that way, it will make it harder for them to do.

        • leslie says:

          Every doc I see (both in my professionally as well as in my personal life) is complaining about ACA and insurance interference. That includes the $#&*%*@s who voted for him and initially supported the idea of the ACA. (No, they didn’t listen one time to me when I said he and it were fraudulent.)

  17. The Klown says:

    If Americans won’t take the jobs that immigrants take, aren’t we exploiting the immigrants?

    They literally work in sweatshops with long hours, no overtime and unsafe conditions.

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