(National Sentinel) Labor: President Donald J. Trump’s pledge to crack down on illegal immigration, backed by action in simply enforcing current immigration law, is having a negative effect on many California farmers.
It seems as though the crackdown is leaving many short of farm labor. And while the insane Leftists who govern the Golden State will heap as much abuse on the president as possible for this dilemma, a closer examination of the issue reveals that much of the pain California growers are suffering was inflicted by their own elected representatives.
As reported by CBS Sacramento, dramatic and unrealistic hikes in the minimum wage and mandatory overtime have contributed more to the labor shortage than anything else so far:
Faced with an urgent shortage of workers, California farmers are desperate to be heard.
“If we can’t change the way we’re doing business, we’re at risk,” said Brad Goehring, a fourth-generation wine grape grower in Lodi.
The state has been struggling with this farm labor shortage issue for years, but it’s gotten to a point where farmers are fed-up.
As harvesting season gets underway, many growers in need of workers fear they may lose their crops, and President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration orders appears to only make matters worse.
Goehring says it’s become more and more difficult to find people to do this work.
“It’s been a real struggle and it’s been increasing the last 5-6 years,” he said.
The San Joaquin Farm Bureau says California’s minimum wage going up to $15 an hour and regulations on farmworker overtime are making things even more difficult.
“The cost for our growers to just simply put that product on your table, is going through the roof,” said executive director the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Bruce Blodgett.
Blodgett adds, “The real frustration is they drive the costs up, the commodities we produce are being produced in other countries a lot cheaper than they’re produced here.”
California’s Vice Chair of Agriculture, Assemblyman Devon Mathis says some of the state’s regulations are hurting farmers.
“They,” meaning hard-Left California legislators and governor, Jerry Brown, none of whom understand the laws of supply and demand, let alone what it takes to actually run a business.
“What can we do in California? We can stop writing laws like ag worker overtime. Farming is not a 9-to-5 job. Farmers aren’t giving the seventh-day work anymore, ’cause they can’t they afford that overhead and margin,” said Mathis.
Other factors are also at work: A young Mexican population getting where more are getting educations rather than relying on field work, and technology, which is replacing farm workers.
Also, some farmers say they can’t get American workers at all, and given the pampered nature of today’s “safe spaces” American youth, that shouldn’t surprise anyone. But to blame all of this on Trump’s enforcement of the immigration laws would be entirely disingenuous as well.
If California farmers want relief fast, they need to pressure their own lawmakers into repealing the Marxist regulatory structure they’ve put in place.