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500,000 Jobs Available in Arizona...as Mexican Migratory Workers Abandon Farms Fleeing SB 1070
Balart asked the gentlemen being interviewed "How much do you pay?"
The farmer responded "We pay $2.00 per bushel."
Balart asked him "How long does it take for the average farm worker to harvest a bushel?"
The farmer replied "The best and fastest workers can fill a bushel in 2 hours. You see all these peppers have to be picked by hand...no one has gone and invented a pepper harvesting machine so it has to be done manually."
Balart then asked the farmer "How many African Americans do you have working for you?"
The farmer looked surprised "African Americans?" he smiles..."You ain't gonna be seeing any African Americans doing these jobs...not because we wouldn't hire them...because they just never apply for these jobs."
Balart says to the farmer "So in reality you are basically paying around $1.00 per hour of work for people on the farm...is that a fair assessment?"
The farmer responds indignantly "That is the way its always been done, but years ago we gave them all a raise...they used to get a dollar a bushel, but we decided to double it to keep them working for us."
Balart responds..."that was mighty generous of you to do that. What about other Americans...we have over 2 million unemployed...what do you have to say to them?"
The farmer responds "Well tell them to all come to Arizona...its back breaking work...its very hot...but they could at least get a job."
Balart responds "But what you are paying is less than the federal minimum wage, how do you justify that?"
The farmer responds "well, somebodies got to do it, it has to be done by people...we can't pay them minimum wage and expect to make any money on this harvest. People are complaining all the time that they "don't have a job...that there ain't any work" well now here you go "we need to fill hundreds of thousands of jobs...people should seriously consider moving her and working for the hundreds of farms in desperate need of workers...otherwise all this food is going to go to waste."
Do you think that Americans would work for the same price that the Campesinos or (migratory farm workers) make? Do you think that this is good for our country? Who is going to do these jobs and work for substandard wages?
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