lividsnails: February 2008 Archives

With xenophobia and anti-immigrant bias reaching record highs these days, the crackdown on illegal immigrants is underway.  This has left many agricultural employers, many of whom rely heavily on undocumented workers, wondering how they're going to get their crops picked in the narrow window of time they have for the harvest.  

Growers like workers without papers because they're more easily exploited: they don't have to pay them as much, there are no worker protection laws and the workers cannot complain about any of it.  But the Bush Administration doesn't like growers to hire undocumented workers because of the political fallout.  So what's a poor heartless conservative thug to do?   At the end of his infamous reign, King George has a proposal: help the growers get workers nearly as easily exploitable as undocumented workers but in a perfectly legal, government-sanctioned way.  How?  Through overhauling the H-2A agricultural guestworker program. 

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Many apologies for this introduction being so long in coming!  When Kyle asked if I wanted to write for Citizen Orange I had just moved to Washington DC to start a new job with a farm labor rights organization.  I'd literally been in town only a few weeks and I was up to my eyeballs in the work of learning a new career and a new city.  (Honestly, I've never worked so hard in my life, not even when I was in grad school!  I can't explain how I do it other than to admit that my favorite beverage at the local coffee shop is the "depth charge" which is super charged coffee with a shot of espresso!) 

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