Illegal Immigration is Crack Cocaine to Vermont: They “Need” It
If it weren’t so tragic that Progressives have taken such firm hold of America, it would be funny:
Sept 15,. 2011 NewsChannel 5 – WPTZ, in Vermont, reported that Gov. Peter Shumlin ordered the investigation into police conduct in the arrest of two illegal aliens from Mexico. There is deep suspicion that two police officers committed an unspeakable act of violence against them: during the speeding violation traffic stop, the troopers discovered that two men in the car were illegal aliens from Mexico and arrested them. One radical and clearly racist trooper had notified the U.S. Border Patrol which then requested that the officers detain the Mexicans until federal agents arrived for the transfer to another facility for processing.
The police officers were met with a human blockade of furious members of the Vermont Migrant Workers Solidarity Project that led to three of them being arrested. See the news video where Gov. Shumlin says,
“We have always had a policy in Vermont where we kind of look the other way as much as we can,” the venerable governor said. “I just want to make sure that’s what’s we’re doing.”
“In order to harvest our crops, to get our milk to market there’s no doubt about it,” Shumlin added, “we need foreign (ie, ILLEGAL) workers.”
The police officers are being accused of ‘Racial Profiling” two non-English speaking (but Spanish-speaking), Mexican looking guys with dirty work shirts, boots & work pants (kinda like they’d been working the field) who were acting fearful and furtive in the back seat. Again, how RACIST of them to assume they might be illegal aliens! Both illegal aliens have since been released with orders to ‘return’ to court later for their deportation trial. What do you think? Will two people who have already broken American immigration law be showing up for their deportation back to Mexico?
But we are off point here. Illegal immigration is not the issue. Farms and a milking industry that have become completely addicted to illegal immigration is the real issue. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? (forgive that). Did milk prices force dairy farmers to use illegal immigration or did corrupt farmers try to undercut their legal & above-board competition by using illegal immigration and thus drive labor costs down until every dairy farmer had to do so in order to survive?
And did the nasty work conditions drive lazy Americans away from the jobs or did rich dairy owners take corrupt advantage of unprotected illegals to such a point that standard living conditions of these farms became intolerable to any free person? I don’t know about you, but this whole situation looks a lot like the business environment that used to justify slavery. Conservative (real) Republicans abhor this situation- on many levels. Progressive liberals love it. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. Enough said.
According to an AP Report in May, 2009, Mexican workers are forced into secrecy, danger and 60 hour weeks under hot & brutal circumstances (“so hot that flies swarm or so cold that exposed skin will freeze”) in order to milk those picturesque black & white Holsteins. What American would do that? Why should anyone do that? Remember the days when celebrities screamed about sweat shops in Asia? Gee, I thought those companies that used sweat shops used high American labor costs, unrelenting competition, and an unfair playing field as their excuse too! I guess sweat shops are fine in America, as long as milk prices suit the penny pinchers and the sweating people are Mexicans. Especially if those Mexicans can be bought with free citizenship and thus create a huge Democratic voting block, huh? Who cares about a little human misery, right?
(On a side note: While almost all the laborers are Mexicans (you know, little brown people), census data show nearly 97 percent of Vermont residents are white. I wonder where the ACLU is when you need them….?)
Here are some words from Vermont’s Immigration Anonymous Meetings:
“If it wasn’t for the Hispanics,” Nancy Sabin,
a volunteer who finds dairy farm jobs for Hispanic workers, says,
“there would be no family farms. There would be no farms, period.”
“Everyone knows some of these people are illegal,”
says Vermont Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee. But,
he says, “The system is broken. There’s the need for labor.”
“The immigrant workers have just been a godsend to these farms,”
says Bob Stoddardt, vice president of member services for the dairy
cooperative Agrimark, which has about 1,300 member farms in the six
New England states and New York. “Their drive and work ethic
are just unbelievable.”
The addiction counselor (Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies with the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies) says,
“Industry has turned out to be almost addicted to that supply of (illegal) workers
and as a result have never had to do anything different, to see
if there’s a way to make the job more appealing.”