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Asparagus Left in the Field Shines Light on Immigration

From Tri-CityHerald.com, Tri-City Herald Editorial Staff, 6 May 2012. When a recent story ran about Mid-Columbia farmers who abandoned their asparagus fields because they couldn’t find enough workers to harvest the crop, several thoughts came to mind. It’s sad for the farmer who worked to bring the crop to fruition. It’s sad for the asparagus … Continue reading

As We See It: Search for Alternative to Methyl Bromide Continues Unabated

From SantaCruzSentinel.com, 27 April 2012. It’s a sad irony that for years growing a healthy strawberry conventionally has required methyl bromide, a chemical so harmful it has been banned by international treaty because it is destroying the Earth’s ozone layer. Another dose of irony: The soil fumigant at first favored to replace methyl bromide, methyl … Continue reading

Child Labor in American Agriculture

From MNDaily.com, Eric Best, 3 Apr 2012. Nearly half a million children farm workers harvest almost 25 percent of our crops. It may sound like something out of the Industrial Revolution, but child labor still exists throughout the U.S. today, in surprising numbers. Most of these children are in undocumented families working in agriculture — … Continue reading

Opinion: Americans Should Work to Understand Immigrants

From NewsTimes.Augusta.com, Eleanor Paschal, Guest Columnist, 12 Feb 2012. As a senior Spanish education major at Valdosta State University, I had the opportunity this past semester to work with adult English language learners at the Plaza Comunitaria in Statenville, Ga. I became acquainted with many Mexican immigrants who live and work in south Georgia. One … Continue reading

Opinion: Illegal Immigration: More at Stake than You Think

From TBO.com, Tampa Bay Online, “Illegal immigration: More at stake than you think” 22 Jan 2012. Ask most Americans about “illegal immigration” and they are likely to conjure an image of someone of Hispanic origin swimming across the Rio Grande or evading border patrolmen in the desert. The reality is that just who is “illegal,” … Continue reading

Worker’s Sad Story Illustrates Hypocrisy

From FresnoBee.com, Bill McEwen, 4 Jan 2012. When a broken immigration system intersects with a patchwork health-care system — as it does here in the San Joaquin Valley — the inevitable result is the story of Marco Antonio Fuentes. After more than a year of life-saving care at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Fuentes … Continue reading

No Farm Workers, No Food

From Rep-Am.com, D. Dowd Muska, 27 Nov 2011. Savor the memory of strawberries, tomatoes, peaches, honey, eggs and beef purchased this year at farmers’ markets. In 2012, local agricultural products might be difficult to find. For that matter, supermarket produce and meat — food shipped from anywhere in the United States — could be in … Continue reading

Tom Rivers: A Murder Shows Humanity at its Worst

From TheDailyNewsOnline.com, Tom Rivers, 10 Nov 2011. I knew they were reeling with each new damning revelation about the brutal murder in Albion. The entire Latino community would be condemned by one man’s savage attack on a stranger. If you want evidence of the racist venom, check media sites with articles about the murder. I … Continue reading

Opinion: Jobs Available, but Where are the Workers?

From StatesmanJournal.com, Leonard Pitts Jr., 6 Nov 2011. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” — Matthew 9:37 Good news. The jobs crisis is over. You read that correctly. There is plenty of work available for downsized, furloughed and involuntarily separated laborers whose inability to land jobs in a rugged economy has driven … Continue reading

We Need a Commonsense Guest Worker Program

From CalCoastNews.com, John Salisbury, Opinion, 29 Oct 2011. A report on our Citizen wine grape picking crew. After a “Call to Arms” for local unemployed citizens to pick grapes that started in our monthly column in the Avila Community News and our blog inthevines.com, we were picked up by Cal Coast News, Lewis Perdue’s international … Continue reading

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