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Fri May 26, 2017, 09:09 PM

Farmers say they need Trump to let in more temporary workers to keep crops from rotting in the field

The sun hasn’t cracked the horizon when Alfredo Betancourt and 19 of his countrymen line up behind a packing trailer, knives in hand, knee deep in dewy cauliflower plants.

A tractor growls, the packing trailer jerks into motion and Betancourt and his co-workers begin their routine: walk, stoop, cut, toss. Walk, stoop, cut, toss.

By the time the dense fog lifts from California’s Salinas Valley, the crew has cut enough cauliflower to fill a dozen produce aisle bins at a local grocery store.

They will crisscross this and dozens of other fields eight hours a day, six days a week, for nine months, sleeping three to a room in hotels long since shunned by tourists. Come December, they’ll board a bus and return to Mexico. Richer, they hope.

http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-fi-farm-labor-guestworkers/

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Zorro May 2017 OP
Thinkingabout May 2017 #1
Best_man23 May 2017 #2
Achilleaze May 2017 #3
JI7 May 2017 #4
Hekate May 2017 #9
diva77 May 2017 #5
meow2u3 May 2017 #6
workinclasszero May 2017 #7
msongs May 2017 #8

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 09:19 PM

1. I could easily see this was going to be a problem. The shortsightedness of Republicans and their

hate of latino is going to cause lots of problems for produce. Seems like he has been hit over the head and explained what a problem is before he catches it.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 09:19 PM

2. If I knew a particular farmer voted for Trump

I would pass on the work, let the crops rot in the field.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 09:23 PM

3. Republicans are pissing on Americas farm and food

Deplorable

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 09:26 PM

4. Why don't hire they coal miners to do it ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #4)

Fri May 26, 2017, 09:49 PM

9. GMTA

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 09:28 PM

5. while they're at it, they ought to demand fair and balanced media

no wonder they voted for trump - all they have in the central valley is extreme right wing media --

It's not just the worker immigration problem, it's the deregulation of use of chlorpyrifos, etc etc etc -- none of that info makes its way easily to the central valley

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/19/video_migrant_farmworkers_may_have_been
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/03/trump-epa-brain-damaging-pesticide

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 09:32 PM

6. Try hiring Americans

and pay them enough to live on, farmers! Forget about profiteering--do the right thing.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 09:43 PM

7. This is why Trump is adding work requirements to SNAP and SSI

 

Poor kids and sick folks will find themselves forced into republican farmers fields to pick crops from sunup to sundown.

Prison chain gangs too I bet from republican run for profit prisons filled with kids busted for smoking MJ.

MAGA baby!

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Fri May 26, 2017, 09:44 PM

8. that's what COAL MINERS are for nt

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