Sunday, May 27, 2012

Deportation isn't anyone's bowl of cherries

In s'morning's SF Chronicle, two articles.

No. 1:
"In an aggressive effort to boost deportations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun to increase by nearly 25 percent the number of agents tasked with finding and deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records..."
"The plan was launched when the number of deportations slumped after several years of growth, partly due to the drop in illegal immigration along the Southwest border. But critics denounced the effort as politically inspired to help President Obama's re-election campaign..."
("Growth?" Makes it sound like one of those prosperity statistics.)

No. 2:
"Farmers across California are experiencing the same problem: Seasonal workers who have been coming for decades to help with the harvest, planting and pruning have dropped off in recent years. With immigration crackdowns, an aging Mexican population, drug wars at the border and a weakened job market in the United States, the flow of migrants has stopped and may actually have reversed..."
Second article says the cherry harvest is in danger now.  

Cui bono? I mean, really, who wins? If the claims are true that the extra deportations are meant as a campaign move, does it follow that voting citizens will approve?

A side point, btw: a claim that untrained workers can step in to do the work of the missing annual harvest workers is seriously, insultingly ignorant about the level of skill involved in harvesting particular kinds of food.

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