Immigration raids yield jobs for legal workers
'When federal agents descended on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. in December 2006, they rounded up nearly 1,300 suspected illegal immigrants that made up about 10% of the labor force at the plants.
But the raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents did not cripple the company or the plants. In fact, they were back up and running at full staff within months by replacing those removed with a significant number of native-born Americans, according to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
"Whenever there's an immigration raid, you find white, black and legal immigrant labor lining up to do those jobs that Americans will supposedly not do," said Swain, who teaches law and political science."
Alabama had to bite the bullet and hire LEGAL Immigrants for its AG Industry:
Africans Relocate to Alabama to Fill Jobs After Immigration Law
"East Coast began calling Atlanta refugee agencies several months ago looking for legal immigrants to come to Alabama for a year, said Mbanfu, refugee employment director for Lutheran Services in Atlanta. He said the company would have taken as many refugees as he could refer. The agency connected East Coast with refugees who had been in the country three to five years, he said."
The U.S. currently has eleven non immigrant guest worker visa programs.
There is no cap on the number of workers allowed into the U.S. under the H-2A temporary agricultural guest worker visa program.
"The provision could more than triple the number of H-2B visas for foreign workers seeking jobs at hotels, theme parks, ski resorts, golf courses, landscaping businesses, restaurants and bars. The move is intended to boost the supply of non-agricultural seasonal workers."
Don't worry BigAg, there are new robots coming online to replace your already robot wage competing immigration labor. (See other BW story) Once there are enough downward pressures on the concept of living, due to the elimination of the poor and middle class' right to exist, there will no longer be a need for BigAg. You will then only need to feed the 1%. Problem solved.
IF...they actually get these things out in public, and the novelty wears off, these things will become targets for vandalism, theft and outright rage. They won't be able to operate where they can be easily targeted. They will be for foo foo zones (Downtown) only. Not to mention all of the times people will run them over by accident. I used to be a downtown walk delivery guy. I could interact with the customers and enhance the business-client relationship. These things are purely labor replacement robots. Bottom line calculations that will reduce humanity to a absolute number, which is where we've been going all along.
I'd like to add to this is another hijacking of a blue collar job...
Hysterical I can't get cars to stop to allow me a safe Crossing at a designated crosswalk. Drivers on the phone texting...barely paying attention..sorry..but when u have 3 or 4 lanes of oneway traffic and this thing will attempt to cross..one car is going to squash it.
Freedom of expression instead of a pushed political agenda disguised as art...
@Jon, what is real art? what are you favorite art works and why?
Why can't CWI get money from the permanent building fund,like the other colleges do?
@ Anton, Yes I would like to know........It is too bad that real Art has been taken over by the Cultural Marxist funded by Idaho Tax money... Just goes to show you who the real Nazis are....
How much of this stupid, ugly, degenerate Leftist propaganda is being funded by Idaho taxpayers?
This development and anyone living there will be forever cursed. When the market goes south (which it will), we'll see another zombie subdivision sprouting weeds and neglect through broken asphalt where wholesome food was once grown.
It was deeply disturbing that the Commissioners said so little - hiding behind "property rights", and not admitting how much things had changed. The Commissioners ignored concerns about the really poor Wildlife Plan - which is based on 2006 "data", and "mitigation" that would allow money to be thrown at a conservation easement far away. This will NOT help wildlife in western Ada County. They ignored concerns about the fate of the genetically pure redband trout in Dry Creek.
The only additions they made were some more geo/soil surveys for the steep hillslope bulldozing for houses, that were then to be ok'd by the County workers. Sure doesn't seem like anybody has really learned a lesson from the Terra Nativa disaster. Full bore ahead on hillslope houses ...
It is alarming that an issue which sparked so much opposition from individuals, organizations, and businesses warranted less than a 10 minute discussion by the Board of County Commissioners. Given this, I find it difficult to believe that the concerns of the community were taken seriously.
Responsible growth and the preservation of farmland and open space are priorities in Ada Countys Comprehensive Plan. Is it unreasonable to ask that Ada County hold itself to its own standards? At the public hearing on 2/15/17, newly-elected Commissioner Visser said he wished we would have had the foresight to do something about farmland preservation 25 years ago. Well, he had the chance to do something today and he did not. His silence speaks volumes.
As a lifelong resident of Boise - and having grown up next to the foothills and spent my formative years enjoying our awesome open spaces - it pains me to see big chunks of open space being gobbled up by sprawl. But Mr. Tibbs is right - the owners of property should be able to do what they want with it (as long as the impact on the community is properly mitigated... infrastructure, schools, services, etc.)
Check out that STRANGE bicycle in the photo (from last year's "Thousand Year Journey")... the drivetrain is on the left side of the bike...
(Today's trivial observation.)
Thank you, Harrison, for covering this story. However, I believe your conclusion that this issue is a lost cause is premature.
The original plan was approved in 2010. Since then, the developer has changed, the acreage has changed, the number of houses has changed, the commercial space has changed, the number of schools has changed. All of these changes are substantial. Boise Hunter Homes should have to apply as a new application, not as an "amendment" to a different plan. I believe the Board of County Commissioners is justified in denying the "amendment" on these grounds alone.
There was no notice for the public hearing on 12/15/16 as required by Ada County Ordinance and Idaho Code. Posting notice is not hard. If, as they claim, Boise Hunter Homes plans to develop a unique, farm-to-table community, shouldn't they want as many people to know about it as possible, since such a special plan will surely benefit the community? Or...
If the Board of County Commissioners deny this "amendment," will Boise Hunter Homes develop the original approved plan? If they will not, a denial would stop this whole project. This important question must be answered before a final decision is made.
The developer should not be able to get away with this. They have cobbled together a scattershot, completely unworkable plan for Wildlife. it is an insult to Ada County residents to consider that "mitigation" for this project could include a conservation easement somewhere unknown 30-50 miles away in Elmore County. Plus, the "Open Space" for the Theme Park shoves the deer and elk right out by the main Highway to Horseshoe Bend --- creating a death trap for both animals and motorists.
The application amendment was sought because the existing plan won't pen out. The suggestion that the status quo is worse than the amendment is a developer talking point which ignores the underlying motive/necessity that the amendment be sought in the first place.
If the Commissioners want to find ways to preserve this place for its remarkable history, its incredible agricultural values, and for the wildlife habitat -- the best way to do so is by preserving the status quo: voting no on the amendment before them.
Should the commissioners vote no, or in the alternative remand to the PZC, Ada County citizens will have more time to negotiate opportunities to preserve the very values mentioned.
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