Trump: ‘‘We’re Not Going To Have Farms’ Without H-2A Foreign Visa Workers
By John Binder at Breitbart
That is a lie!
We had farms LONG before illegals were brought in! What happened was…the Bracero Program was done away with in 1964. LBJ’s INA allowed millions to enter the U.S. with the caps being taken off Mexican nationals. The Bracero Program didn’t allow the spouses and children of farmworker-illegals to come into the U.S. That all changed with the INA and Reagan’s Amnesty in 1986.
If the Bracero Program was brought back–where only the farmworkers (not their spouses and children) were brought in and where the Braceros went back to Mexico following the harvest–it would work. There would be fewer absconding.
Trump fails to mention “mechanization”, how farmers can do without illegal workers by buying machines. With machines, you don’t need laborers. The Japanese have perfected harvesting machines. Trump also fails “the dirty little secret” about H-2A farmworkers: Half of them abscond to the cities and are never seen again. They take higher-paying construction jobs and hotel jobs that are easier on their bodies and pay better. Bringing in thousands more of them only keeps this vicious cycle going and expands illegal immigration.