Like last year, there may not be enough labor to pick all the fruit American farms grow, and the culprit is pretty clear:
From California to Texas to Michigan to New York, farmers blame the tight labor on tougher U.S. immigration measures that have blocked much of the seasonal surge of workers who come north for the harvests.
It’s probably going to get worse, too:
The rules — following failed congressional attempts at immigration reform — call for fines of $10,000 against employers if they keep workers who are using bogus Social Security numbers. Employers have criticized the change, saying they will have more trouble getting and keeping much needed help.
Isn’t it unethical for the U.S. to deny foreign workers the ability to work here, when they benefit so much and American workers lose so little?