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    Amnesty Bill, Farming, Food...

    Some cool videos on the link...

    The pending farmworker amnesty drafted by Democrats and business groups is likely to block the development and use of labor-saving machinery throughout the labor-intensive farm sector.


    The Democratic Party is offering the agriculture business an endless supply of cheap migrant labor if business executives pressure GOP legislators to approve an amnesty for roughly one million illegal migrants who will likely vote Democrat.

    The profits-for-amnesty swap is at the center of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, which has passed a House committee and is expected to get a floor vote soon.


    The Democrats’ amnesty bill also has the support of the United Farm Workers union (UFW), which represents illegal migrant farmworkers. The migrants work long hours, in the open, often for low pay.


    If the Democrats’ “modernization act” amnesty becomes law, U.S. farm companies will have an unlimited supply of low-wage labor and, so, will face less pressure to keep up the pace with their foreign rivals’ technology.


    That also means many U.S. farmworkers and their families will be denied the jobs, machines, and tools they need to earn independent and decent lives in rural America, as their GOP-leaning districts turn blue during the next ten years.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2...ving-machines/


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    Didn't they block UC from developing a tomato picker in the mid-20th century because it was replacing Mexican laborers?

    Of course, what I don't see here is anything preventing machinery. And if the Dutch, Australians, and Israelis are already making these machines, can't farmers just buy them?


    It seems odd to complain about machines taking away jobs (another checkout line discussion, anyone?), then complain that we don't have a big incentive to develop machines to take away jobs.


    And in case anyone wondered about how to pick a pepper:
    https://99percentinvisible.org/episo...pick-a-pepper/

    In that podcast they look at why it's so hard to create a machine to pick green chilies in Mexico - but why they absolutely have to. (Hint: it's not because they have too much labor)
    Quote Originally Posted by Abraham Lincoln
    Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?

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    I thought cheap immigrant labor was also called slavery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JettaKnight View Post
    Didn't they block UC from developing a tomato picker in the mid-20th century because it was replacing Mexican laborers?

    Of course, what I don't see here is anything preventing machinery. And if the Dutch, Australians, and Israelis are already making these machines, can't farmers just buy them?


    It seems odd to complain about machines taking away jobs (another checkout line discussion, anyone?), then complain that we don't have a big incentive to develop machines to take away jobs.


    And in case anyone wondered about how to pick a pepper:
    https://99percentinvisible.org/episo...pick-a-pepper/

    In that podcast they look at why it's so hard to create a machine to pick green chilies in Mexico - but why they absolutely have to. (Hint: it's not because they have too much labor)
    The article is trying to put the pieces together:

    Dems want unfettered immigration to continue their change of what America is.

    Repubs want unending labor for their business donors.

    No one is promoting incentives to build or buy machines.

    Likely not easy to import new machines or even if they would export them.

    And that amnesty would add likely dem voters to currently red districts...


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