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Chumph’s Racism Destroying Agriculture

So…What happens if the Chumph gets his wish to deport all illegal aliens in this country…

The Agricultural industry in the US collapses.

Despite incessant whining by the white right snowflakes of flyover country…There just aren’t going to be any white folks out there picking cotton as long as they can get a welfare check, Even if you raise the pay to be competitive with other work.

Tell me again “who” is exactly unwilling to work for a living?

Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job

Trump’s immigration crackdown is supposed to help U.S. citizens. For California farmers, it’s worsening a desperate labor shortage.

Arnulfo Solorio’s desperate mission to recruit farmworkers for the Napa Valley took him far from the pastoral vineyards to a raggedy parking lot in Stockton, in the heart of the Central Valley.

Carrying a fat stack of business cards for his company, Silverado Farming, Solorio approached one prospect, a man with only his bottom set of teeth. He told Solorio that farm work in Stockton pays $11 to $12 an hour. Solorio countered: “Look, we are paying $14.50 now, but we are going up to $16.” The man nodded skeptically.

Solorio moved on to two men huddled nearby, and returned quickly. “They were drug addicts,” he said. “And, they didn’t have a car.”

Before the day was through, Solorio would make the same pitch to dozens of men and women, approaching a taco truck, a restaurant and a homeless encampment. Time was short: He needed to find 100 workers to fill his ranks by April 1, when grapevines begin to grow and need constant attention.

Solorio is one of a growing number of agricultural businessmen who say they face an urgent shortage of workers. The flow of labor began drying up when President Obama tightened the border. Now President Trump is promising to deport more people, raid more companies and build a wall on the southern border.

That has made California farms a proving ground for the Trump team’s theory that by cutting off the flow of immigrants they will free up more jobs for American-born workers and push up their wages.

So far, the results aren’t encouraging for farmers or domestic workers.

Farmers are being forced to make difficult choices about whether to abandon some of the state’s hallmark fruits and vegetables, move operations abroad, import workers under a special visa or replace them altogether with machines.

Growers who can afford it have already begun raising worker pay well beyond minimum wage. Wages for crop production in California increased by 13% from 2010 to 2015, twice as fast as average pay in the state, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Today, farmworkers in the state earn about $30,000 a year if they work full time — about half the overall average pay in California. Most work fewer hours.

Some farmers are even giving laborers benefits normally reserved for white-collar professionals, like 401(k) plans, health insurance, subsidized housing and profit-sharing bonuses. Full-timers at Silverado Farming, for example, get most of those sweeteners, plus 10 paid vacation days, eight paid holidays, and can earn their hourly rate to take English classes.

But the raises and new perks have not tempted native-born Americans to leave their day jobs for the fields. Nine in 10 agriculture workers in California are still foreign born, and more than half are undocumented, according to a federal survey.

Instead, companies growing high-value crops, like Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Napa, are luring employees from fields in places like Stockton that produce cheaper wine grapes or less profitable fruits and vegetables.

Growers who can’t raise wages are losing their employees and dealing with it by mechanizing, downsizing or switching to less labor-intensive crops.

Jeff Klein is doing all of the above. Last year Klein, a fourth-generation Stockton farmer, ran a mental ledger, trying to sort out the pros and cons of persevering in the wine business or quitting. He couldn’t make the math work.

Wineries pay Klein a tiny fraction of what they pony up for the same grape variety grown in Napa, and the rising cost of labor meant he was losing money on his vineyards. So in October, Klein decided to rip out 113,000 Chardonnay grapevines that once blanketed land his family has owned for decades. Now they lay heaped into hundreds of piles, waiting to be taken to the dump.

“I try to make any decision I make not emotional. When you’re running a business, it has to be a financial decision,” he says, sifting through the mangled metal posts.

Five years ago, Klein had a crew of 100 workers pruning, tying and suckering his grapevines. Wineries paid $700 for a ton of grapes, and Klein could make a solid profit paying $8 an hour, the minimum wage.

Last year he could barely get together 45 laborers, and his grapes sold for only $350 per ton. Klein knew his vines were done for when California passed laws raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2023 and requiring overtime for field laborers.

“There’s not enough guys, and everybody is fighting for everybody else’s guys,” he says. “In Napa and Sonoma, they’re getting $2,000 a ton [for grapes]. So, those guys can afford to pay $15. For me, I’m just trying to break even.”

Although Trump earned Klein’s vote, he worries that recent executive orders ratcheting up deportation plans and calling for a wall are putting a chokehold on an already tight pool of workers.

“That’s killing our labor force,” says the 35-year-old grower.

Already, fewer Mexicans had been willing to risk border crossings as security and deportations escalated under the Obama Administration. At the same time, Mexico’s own economy was mushrooming, offering decent jobs for people who stayed behind.

With the grapevines he has left, Klein is doing what he can to pare his crews. Last year, he bought a leaf puller for $50,000, which turns the delicate process of culling grapevine canopies into an exercise in brute force. The puller hooks onto a tractor and, like an oddly shaped vacuum cleaner, sucks leaves from grapevines.

He used to spend $100 an acre culling the canopies, which allows the right amount of sunlight to hit the grapes and turn them into sugar balls. Now, he says, “It will cost me 20 bucks, and I can get rid of some labor.”

Klein says he’ll spend the next five years replacing his 1,000 acres of grapevines with almond and olive trees, which require a fraction of the human contact to grow.

About 80 miles west in Napa, growers aren’t facing quite the same challenge. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Napa go for nearly $6,900 per ton, 10 times more than in San Joaquin County.

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Here in Virginia, this is one of my neighbor’s Tomato Fields. This one is run by a major company, and the crop can wind up in anything from your Marinara and Spaghetti Sauces under a major label, to canned tomatoes, depending on what they plant. There are about 300,000 to 3 million plants out there on this field (of which the photo is only of a small part). All of these tomatoes are picked by hand by immigrant labor. Teams of hundreds go out to pick the crop, twice, before the plants are killed, and a second crop is planted. Typically they get two crops a year in Spring to fall. If the Chumph deports these workers…There ain’t gonna be any Mamma Ragu anymore.

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White Texas Trumpazoids Shoot Each Other…Blame Illegal Immigrants

This is six kinds of way of stupid. Seems a trio of Trumpazoid racists in Texas ended up in a circle-shoot. Have to believe they was all dressed up in their camouflage underwear too stupid to know most animals are colorblind…And weren’t wearing their bright orange. Or it could just be a case of idjits with guns.

Anyway two of the three who were “hunting” together wound up shot.

What better way to cover up monumental stupidity than a little right-wing racism to blame it on “illegals” sneaking across the border for a group of Chumph-suckers!

(Presidio County Sheriff's Department photo) The Circle Dug Ranch

Two hunters indicted in friendly-fire shooting they blamed on immigrants

Two hunters have been indicted in a West Texas shooting they falsely claimed was started by unauthorized immigrants.

Michael Bryant and Walker Daugherty were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on a charge of using deadly conduct by discharging firearms in the direction of others, Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez told CBS7.

A Presidio County sheriff’s deputy responded to the Jan. 6 shooting at Circle Dug Ranch, near the border community of Candelaria, where he found Daugherty and Edwin Roberts with gunshot wounds, the station reports.

They said immigrants attacked them to try to steal the RV the hunting group was using — a false claim that was widely circulated, including by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, according to a piece by The Houston Chronicle.

Miller, who’s been scrutinized for sharing wrong information in controversial social media posts, wrote about the incident in a Facebook note that was shared more than 6,500 times before it was deleted.

“This is why we need the wall and to secure our borders,” Miller wrote. “There are violent criminals and members of drug cartels coming in and it must put a stop to it before we have many more Walker Daughertys.”

It turns out, the incident involved friendly fire.

An investigation revealed that Daugherty shot Roberts and Bryant shot Daugherty, Dominguez told CBS7.

U.S. Border Patrol agents assisted the sheriff’s office by searching the area with thermal imaging technology and didn’t find signs of anyone on the ranch other than the hunting party, the sheriff’s office told BigBendNow.com.

“A thorough search of the perimeter of the ranch house by U.S. Border Patrol involving an approximate 30 agents, including expert trackers, concluded that there was no sign of human pedestrian traffic leading to or from the ranch that night,” the sheriff’s office said.

 

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Fighting Back – LAPD Refuses to Support Trump Immigration Gestapo

Glad at least on Police Department had the morality and balls to stand up against the Chumph’s illegitimate actions.

LAPD Takes A Stand Against Trump Immigration Enforcement

“That is not our job.”

One of the nation’s largest police forces isn’t supporting Donald Trump’s  deportation plans.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that the force would not change its stance on immigration enforcement, the Los Angeles Times reported. The move is an apparent act of defiance against the president-elect’s promise to deport or imprison up to 3 million undocumented immigrants after his inauguration.

Since 1979, the LAPD has barred officers from contacting people solely to investigate whether they are in the country legally, the LA Times noted. During Beck’s tenure, the department also stopped bringing suspects in minor crimes to federal authorities.

“I don’t intend on doing anything different,” Beck told the newspaper. “We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.”

The Denver Police Department also weighed in on the matter Monday, saying it would not “participate” in Trump’s efforts, the Denver Channel reported.

“Immigration enforcement is handled at the federal level, not by local law enforcement,” Denver Police spokesman Doug Schepman said in a statement. “The Denver Police Department has not participated in those enforcement efforts in the past and will not be involved in the future.”

In a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday, Trump vowed to immediately deportwhat he estimated to be millions of immigrants with a criminal record. He previously has said that anyone coming to the country illegally would have to leave.

KCAL 9 pointed out in the news video above that Trump has also threatened so-called “sanctuary cities” ― those perceived as not cooperating with federal deportation efforts ― with cuts in federal funding.

 

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Tea Bagger Wants to Start Internment Camps For Immigrants

Wow… Just when you though the Tea Bagger set couldn’t get any dumber!

What this woman is referring to is the “Internment Camps” during WWII which locked up American Citizens of Japanese Ancestry…

One of the darker moments of American History.

GOP candidate calls for internment camps for ‘people that snuck into the country.’

Speaking at a rally sponsored by Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project, GOP state house candidate in Florida, Marg Baker, endorsed building concentration camps for undocumented immigrants:

We can follow what happened back in the 40s or 50s. I was just a little girl in Miami, and they built camps for the people that snuck into the country, because they were illegal. They put them in the camps, and they shipped them back. We can do that.

Beginning to believe that maybe we need to build Asylums again…

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks

 

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Half Right… For All The Totally Wrong Reasons

This Republican is trying to repeal part of the 13th Amendment which gurantees American Citizenship to anyone born on American Soil. This clause was originally intended to grant full citizenship to former slaves. There is plenty of real evidence that it is being misused by some people as a methodology to avoid US Citizenship and Immigration Laws. Real numbers are hard to come by, as folks like Arizona’s Governor, and other anti-(brown and black) immigration types like Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and Cong. Hayworth are proven liars, grossly lying about everything from beheading, to crime statistics. The racist right doesn’t change it’s stripes because it might have a valid point – it just continues race-baiting, lying, and exasperating on captive “news” media, who are happy to generate ratings by convincing easily duped Americans into believing illegals are Axe murderers waiting under their windows at night to wreak Lizzie Borden like carnage on unsuspecting white folks…

But “Anchor Babying” does seem to constitute fraud to me, and something should be done about it by creating some form of law which, among other penalties, denies citizenship based on fraudulently taking advantage of the system.

The real “immigration problem” has nothing to do with illegal immigrants. The real “immigration problem” has to do with H1 Visas, and American companies exporting high-tech jobs to foreign countries because of cheaper labor. These are real, middle class jobs that are being destroyed by American companies – and not the fantasy of the illegal immigrant from Mexico of Latin America putting hundreds of thousands of skilled American workers on the dole. Republicans have sponsored and fully supported every single rise in the number of H1 Visas offered the last 20 years…

With the resulting impact that the income of the middle class dropped $2,200 a year during the Bushit Years, and over 3 million college educated unemployed.

It isn’t Pablo, or Hernando who screwed you out of a Job – it’s Microsoft and a host of other High-Tech firms, who have hung out signs – “Jobs – No American Need Apply” fully supported by the very same Republicans screaming about “Pablo” being the greatest threat to America since the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, and “Hernando” thirsting to kill white babies.

If you a tired of getting screwed, and being unemployed – you need direct your anger at a different group of people.

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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The Headless Republican

The Headless Republican Haunts America!

Quite frankly the only headless bodies I see right about now are the Tea Bagger style conservatives whose lies have reached epidemic proportions.

Headless bodies and other immigration tall tales in Arizona

Ay, caramba! Those dark-skinned foreigners are now severing the heads of fair-haired Americans? Maybe they’re also scalping them or shrinking them or putting them on a spike.

But those in fear of losing parts north of the neckline can relax. There’s not a follicle of evidence to support Brewer’s claim.

The Arizona Guardian Web site checked with medical examiners in Arizona’s border counties, and the coroners said they had never seen an immigration-related beheading. I called and e-mailed Brewer’s press office requesting documentation of decapitation; no reply.

Brewer’s mindlessness about headlessness is just one of the immigration falsehoods being spread by Arizona politicians. Border violence on the rise? Phoenix becoming the world’s No. 2 kidnapping capital? Illegal immigrants responsible for most police killings? The majority of those crossing the border are drug mules? All wrong.

This matters, because it means the entire premise of the Arizona immigration law is a fallacy. Arizona officials say they’ve had to step in because federal officials aren’t doing enough to stem increasing border violence. The scary claims of violence, in turn, explain why the American public supports the Arizona crackdown.

Last year gave us death panels and granny killings, but compared with the nonsense justifying the immigration crackdown, the health-care debate was an evening at the Oxford Union Society.

Two months ago, the Arizona Republic published an exhaustive report that found that, according to statistics from the FBI and Arizona police agencies, crime in Arizona border towns has been “essentially flat for the past decade.” For example, “In 2000, there were 23 rapes, robberies and murders in Nogales, Ariz. Last year, despite nearly a decade of population growth, there were 19 such crimes.” The Pima County sheriff reported that “the border has never been more secure.”

FBI statistics show violent crime rates in all of the border states are lower than they were a decade ago — yet Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reports that the violence is “the worst I have ever seen.” President Obama justifiably asserted last week that “the southern border is more secure today than any time in the past 20 years,” yet Rush Limbaugh judged the president to be “fit for the psycho ward” on the basis of that remark.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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US recession forces Mexican migrants to return home – 25 Aug 09

Where did all the “illegal immigrants” go?

Back home, in the face of the recession, it seems. Folks up in arms about building those border fences…

Might want to install a few gates that swing towards Mexico.

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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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