USA: Guess what? ‘Farmers brace for labor shortage under new policy (amnesty)’

Importing unskilled labour to work at jobs the citizens “won’t do” is a true Ponzi scheme. Once they become citizens, they won’t do those jobs either, according to this New York Times article:

FRESNO, Calif. — Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the nation’s leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama’s executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

Thousands of the state’s farmworkers, who make up a significant portion of those who will benefit, may choose to leave the uncertainty of their seasonal jobs for steady, year-around work building homes, cooking in restaurants and cleaning hotel rooms.

“This action isn’t going to bring new workers to agriculture,” said Jason Resnick, vice president and general counsel of the powerful trade association Western Growers. “It’s possible that because of this action, agriculture will lose workers without any mechanism to bring in new workers.”

Note that carefully: they want a new “mechanism to bring in new workers.”

Although details of the president’s immigration policy have yet to be worked out, Resnick said the agricultural workforce has been declining for a decade. Today, the association estimates there is a 15 to 20 percent shortage of farmworkers, which is driving the industry to call for substantial immigration reform from Congress, such as a sound guest worker program.

“Hopefully there will be the opportunity for comprehensive immigration reform,” said Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. “That’s the right thing to do for this country.”

The right thing to do for the country. Try: the right thing to do for Big Agriculture. And where are these new workers going to come from? If the USA moves to a de facto open borders nation (at least on their southern border) and then insists on legalizing everyone who moves in, where will the new farm workers come from?

Clearly, the Big Ag is pushing for even more migrants. This where the Ponzi scheme part comes in.

I would suggest that they start paying the workers more and drop the open borders nonsense. Sure, that will increase the cost of food, but we will have to live with it. What is our alternative?  Where does the Ponzi scheme reach its breaking point?