Just a short immigration story; I just returned from a relaxing trip to see my bride’s family in Al. In this area we depend heavily on mulch for use in our yards to enhance our plants.
In AL where pine trees are plentiful, they use pine shatts in place of mulch. The shatts are bailed like hay and sold in stores mulch like our mulch. The pine shatts are harvested by immigrants; the labor is cheap which results in the pine shatts being reasonably priced.
AL like many states have recently passed strict anti-immigration bills that have ‘scared’ immigrants into moving elsewhere, thus causing that work force to become scarce. As a result the harvesting labor force of the pine stats has gone to American laborers where not only is the cost much more, but they can’t find enough Americans to fill the vacancies left by the immigrants.
As a result the price of obtaining pine shatts has sky rocketed, almost doubling the price of last year.
Last summer in the Arizona area where the first anti-immigration bill was passed millions of acres of truck vegetable products rotted in the fields because there were not enough American laborers willing to do the grueling job of bending over 10 hours a day and hand picking crops.
It’s difficult for many to understand the importance of immigrants to this country; they don’t come here to commit crimes, they can do that in Mexico. They don’t come here to hang around and enjoy government benefits because in spite of misguided rumors, what benefits would those be? They come to work and for a better life.
Interesting now many more people are leaving this country to live in Mexico than leaving Mexico because the economy is better there than here. Gosh could that mean Americans may have to do more of those dirty chores? Hush your mouth!