Millionaires Need Your Help

FARMERS-2-articleLargeLast Sunday, The New York Times published a front-page article about the heartfelt need of California farmers for more illegal aliens.

The first tip-off that heinous public policy ideas were coming was that the Times introduced farmer Chuck Herrin, owner of a farm-labor contracting company, as a “lifelong Republican.” That’s Times-speak for “liberal.”

Herrin admitted that he employs a lot of illegal aliens and bitterly complained that they lived in fear of “Border Patrol and deportations.” (But, apparently, he doesn’t live in fear of admitting he’s violating our immigration laws.)

Sorry that running a country inconveniences you, Chuck.

He said his illegal alien employees deserved amnesty because if “we keep them here and not do anything for them once they get old, that’s really extortion.”

As the punch line goes, “What’s this ‘we,’ paleface?”

Taxpayers have been subsidizing Chuck Herrin’s underpayment of his illegal labor force for decades, with skyrocketing taxes to pay for schools, roads, bridges, food stamps, health care and so on. Now Herrin thinks “we” are supposed to support his illegal employees in their old age, too.

Here’s another idea: How about a federal law mandating that employers of illegal aliens take responsibility for the people they hire? Why is the taxpayer on the hook for illegal aliens’ food, housing and medical care, when Chuck Herrin got 100 percent of the profit from their cheap labor?

We don’t allow chemical companies to dump pollutants in rivers, walk away and then say, “If we dump chemicals in rivers and we don’t clean them once the plant is gone, that’s really criminal.”

No, you dumped the chemicals — not “we.” And you, Chuck Herrin, got the cheap labor — not “we.”

“We” got hospital emergency rooms jammed with illegal aliens when we came in with heart attacks. “We” got the crime, drunk-driving and drug trafficking associated with illegal aliens. “We” got the overcrowded schools filled with kids whose illegal alien parents don’t pay property taxes. “We” got to press “one” for English.

This is even worse than the Wall Street bailouts — another example of fat cats pocketing 100 percent of the profits when business is good, but demanding a taxpayer handout when their investments go south. At least the Wall Street bailouts didn’t alter the country forever by giving the Democrats 30 million new voters.

According to the California Hospital Association, health care for illegal aliens is costing state taxpayers well over $1 billion a year.. Eighty-four hospitals across California have already been forced to close because of unpaid bills by illegal aliens.

Last year alone, California taxpayers paid $32 million for indigents’ health care at hospitals located in Fresno County– which happens to be where Chuck Herrin’s company is based. How about submitting a portion of that cost to Herrin?

Here’s your bill for $13 million.

What’s this for?

The county hospital. You’ve been paying your employees $20 an hour, and that’s just not enough to pay for their measles and tuberculosis treatments, not to mention delivery of their premature babies. No one’s saying it’s your fault, but it’s not the county hospital’s fault either.

Luckily, you’ve got deep pockets, Chuck — several hundred million dollars a year, we understand — thanks in part to how little you pay your workers, who are burdening our local services.

Not only should employers of illegal aliens be responsible for their employees’ becoming public charges, but they ought to be legally responsible for any crimes their illegal workers commit, just as parents can be for the crimes of their minor children, and bars can be for the behavior of their over-served customers.

Why should employers of illegal aliens be allowed to externalize their costs, while keeping 100 percent of the profits?

The very fact that the American taxpayer is required to subsidize illegal alien farm labor — to say nothing of anti-competitive marketing orders, tariffs and subsidies given to farmers — proves that we’re propping up an industry the country doesn’t need.

If Mexican farm labor is so much cheaper, maybe we should be growing our fruits and vegetables in Mexico. There’s absolutely no reason to import Mexicans to do something they could do at home and then sell to us. I believe this is what economists call “competitive advantage.”

The Times quotes a report by two pro-amnesty farmers groups, Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, complaining that American consumption of foreign-grown produce has increased by 80 percent since the late 1990s.

I see why rich farmers are alarmed by that, but why should Americans care? If food can be grown cheaper in other countries, isn’t it the very essence of libertarian free trade principles to buy it from them?

No. Apparently, we’re required to wreck the country by bringing in millions upon millions more poor people so we can save the buggy whip industry.

We didn’t do that with oil. We didn’t do it with steel. We must be “Fortress America” only when it comes to asparagus!

Hey! Where’s the Cato Institute on this? Busy drafting another philippic against our drug laws?

I care more about my fellow Americans who can’t get well-paying jobs than I do about multimillionaire farmers, demanding that the rest of us pay to support an industry that claims it can’t compete without taxpayer-subsidized illegal alien labor.

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  • Bamaguje

    Well said Ms Coulter. Cheap migrant farm labor isn’t really cheap, as law abiding taxpayers subsidize the supposedly cheap labour.
    Americans would do the same farm jobs if there were no illegal migrants. It may cost employers a little more, but the overall cost to society is much less than illegal migrant labor.

  • davarino

    Do they really think that once these illegals are made legal that they will continue to work for such low wages? I dont think so. After being made legal, then the real entitlement begins

    • david

      No but they do know another amnesty will keep the illegals coming for another thirty years.

    • Nabukuduriuzhur

      Oregon used to be one of the nation’s premier ag states. 20% of the total vegetables eaten in the U.S. came from the Willamette Valley in 1990.

      Then farmers decided they wanted something for nothing. They quit hiring college students and went to illegals.

      Something really peculiar happened along the way. I wrote about it in National Wave of Foolishness:

      In2007, when the illegals had moved on to the construction trade,
      Oregon’s farmers were so used to the illegal labor that they would
      not hire Americans and even offered as much as $15 per hour to
      Mexicans in a price war to get them to pick fruit. American students
      would have jumped at the chance to make $15, but since farmers were
      so used to breaking the rules, they would only hire Mexicans. Some
      farmers tried to cover their guilt by saying Americans wouldn’t do
      it— Americans did it right up until they were pushed out of those jobs in the 1990s— or that “Americans were lazy,” but the students in question had so few chances to get jobs that most ended up starting their own businesses. They did it because they had to. That is not laziness. That is industry.”

  • DaCoachK

    Illegal Mexicans ARE the problems with our immigration policies.

  • Ellsworth Toohey

    An illegal alien steals the job of a robot and therefore the engineers designing them ! Better develop machinery to carry all these low level work. The Japanese are doing it !!! They first started with the automobile industry and that gave them huge advances in robotics !

    • Carlos_Perera

      California–specifically, the University of California at Davis–once led the world in agricultural mechanization research; fully mechanized orchard and truck farming was on the horizon by the 1970s. Then, in the late 1970s, the state government–in conjunction with the federal government–severely slashed funding for such research, in the interest of preserving stoop labor employment in that type of farming. I fear that, given the prevailing ideology of both California’s government and DemRep federal governance, we are unlikely to see your vision of robotic farming implemented any time soon. It’s a pity.

  • tagalog

    Herrin pays his illegal immigrant field workers $20 an hour? And they can’t afford health insurance? I mean I know it’s seasonal employment, but you can make the season last about 8 or nine months.

    Assuming they don’t work any overtime, which I bet they do a lot of, in 9 months of 40-hour weeks, working five days a week (which I bet they work more days a week than that a lot of the time), that’s 9 months times 4.2 weeks per months, or 37.8 weeks times 40 is 1,512 hours at $20 per hour, or $30,240.00, a pretty nice chunk of change for an unskilled worker.

    By the way that’s $30,240.00 in nine months. If they were able to get 12 months in, it would total out at $40,219.20 a year. That’s not bad for an unskilled farm worker who enters the country illegally, and who apparently can qualify for federal and state welfare subsidies. Not too bad at all, certainly not dire campesino poverty. In Mexico, it would be princely.

  • Adheeb

    But if we jail Chuck, he won’t vote Republican.

    • tagalog

      He’s a RINO. His actions reveal a collectivist of the most parasitical type.

  • rt90k

    In addition to the two pro-amnesty “farmers groups” Ann mentions (which I have not heard of here-their names sound Marxist), the historically solid conservative Republican Farm Bureau Federation of America, which is here in SD, also supports amnesty. I find that to be a parallel of many “Christian” groups and “Republican” politicians who all seem to be positioning themselves to tap the amnesty revenue river of money. We have to pay them dues to get our health insurance.

  • mikeman

    Great article. Ann illustrates why so called conservatives, ryan/mccain/graham want to wreck the culture and bankrupt the country. They get campaign contributions from their fat cats, and the working men and women pay for the damage.

  • pete

    Next week Ann, uh, Ms. Coulter informs us Americans Citizens how we can pay much more ($3, $6, $9) to legal Muricans by simply NOT rewarding illegal allien invaders to walk over the border, undercut wages for citizens, consume a coupla trilion dollars worth of free healthcare and free education and THEN demand citizenship in a country that THEY are fundamentally transforming into the very countries that they left.

    only she’ll inform us more cogently

  • Marlin B. Newburn

    Far too much common sense in Ann’s article. That said, congress will certainly become confused reading it – just before rejecting it.

  • Erudite Mavin

    The words of Mr. tea party

    April 1, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday argued the Republican Party needs to get “beyond deportation” in order to break through to Hispanic voters.

    The Rand Paul Evolution: Rand Paul calls for ‘path to citizenship’ for illegals

    By Rosalind S. Helderman, Published: March 19, 2013
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a conservative tea party icon and possible 2016
    presidential contender, endorsed an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws
    that would allow the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants to obtain
    legalized status.

    “Immigration will not occur until conservative
    Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution.

    Where are the attacks against Rand, or is slack cut for him

    • Tanks-a-lot

      “Where are the attacks against Rand”

      I’ve seen it. I saw it in the Breitbart comment thread on that story. Rand is a POS. He’s a Libertardian panderer to young Berkeley style democrap youth.

      • Erudite Mavin

        You know it.
        Pander Paul, expediency his core.

  • Nabukuduriuzhur

    The farmers in the San Joaquin have lost their water because of the awful way they treated their workers.

    “5 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. 3 Your
    gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness
    against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! 4 Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5 You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.” James 5:1-5

    They kicked out their American workers because the workers were honest. Americans let the cops know when the books are cooked, when practices are illegal, when liberties are taken with food safety, and so on. The illegals didn’t know that many farm practices were immoral because Mexico has little in the way of morals. The same with worker safety. American farmers wanted labor for nothing.

    And for a time they got it. Made piles of money.

    Now their water has been taken away. The curse of James 5 on people like the American farmer is now being seen.

    It won’t change until farmers become honest again.

  • nobamunism

    When two farmers get together, you can bet they are discussing the latest way to scam money from the federal government.

  • Tina Trent

    Yes, CATO Institute. More of the fine work the Koch brothers are doing for us, while using AFP to shut up the Tea Party about illegal immigration. They treat the grassroots like idiots bought off by a few t-shirts. And they lie to them constantly by claiming they don’t “do” immigration while they’re very, very busy doing amnesty at CATO and even the Chamber.

    They need to come clean. They are the number one force suppressing the conservative public’s strong statistical opposition to amnesty. And we need to talk about that.

  • WhiteHunter

    What does Chuck Herrin say when he finds his property littered with trash, used diapers and tampons, needles, the carcass of one of his calves slaughtered and butchered, and his house broken into?

    Or does he use “his” illegals to guard his property against the others?