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Old 03-02-2008, 07:09 AM
 
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"They're full of ads in agriculture and construction looking for workers," Holdren said. "They're just not out there." He said farmers want to hire legal workers but the federal government hasn't helped the situation. Last year, 75,000 seasonal worker visas were issued for his industry to fill a national need of 700,000, Holdren said.
Reg Robertson, with Custom Lawn & Landscape in Olathe, told a House committee this week all his American applicants want to work year-round, want to be supervisors and don't want to mow grass.
The issue elicited strong words from Robertson who said he thought representatives understood the value of small businesses.
"Instead, I find you trying to make life difficult and drive me out of business," he said
There are some jobs that americans just wont do.

CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Labor at the heart of immigration debate
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:04 AM
 
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If you cannot find someone to mow your lawn for little pay -- then consider mowing your lawn yourself or replacing the type of landscaping you have.

For you to have a $3.00 an hour yard man -- it costs the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in food stamps and Medicaid and schools to support his many children.
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Oh well.

When I owned a house with a yard; I used to do my own work-------and, I worked full time.
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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Oh well.

When I owned a house with a yard; I used to do my own work-------and, I worked full time.
I'm not talking about mowing house laws, the story indicated there are thousands of ads for jobs in agriculture and construction but they are not being filled.
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman, North Carolina
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If you cannot find someone to mow your lawn for little pay -- then consider mowing your lawn yourself or replacing the type of landscaping you have.

For you to have a $3.00 an hour yard man -- it costs the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in food stamps and Medicaid and schools to support his many children.
Exactly! About the only ones profiting from the cheap illegal alien labor are the employers of illegal aliens, while this cheap labor is subsidized by American taxpayers in the form of social services, education, incarceration, etc.
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I'm not talking about mowing house laws, the story indicated there are thousands of ads for jobs in agriculture and construction but they are not being filled.
There is nowhere in America that has "thousands of ads for jobs in agriculture and construction". NOWHERE.
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:17 AM
 
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I'm not talking about mowing house laws, the story indicated there are thousands of ads for jobs in agriculture and construction but they are not being filled.
I'm curious as to your opinion as to why these jobs ("thousands" of them) are going unfilled. Any reasons for this, as far as you can see?...
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:10 AM
 
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If I have work and a put an ad in the classifieds and the job goes unfilled for a period of time i figure I have to up the compensation. This is how a domestic labor market works
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:14 AM
 
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iI don't know if many rural and farming communities have enough population to find American citizens to work agricultural jobs. That's my guess. If American citizens did these jobs, they'd want more money so perhaps it would even out. Employers pay illegals less, but then illegals use our social programs. Americans would get paid more but perhaps not use social programs. The same money may be spent whether it's through wages or programs. Many of these jobs are also seasonal. This makes them less attractive.
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Old 03-02-2008, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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It is not 'labor' at the heart of the "illegal" immigration debate -- it is GREED!
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