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7/10/2013
Of sense & nonsense

It's nonsensical to import people to work when millions of Americans are unemployed or underemployed.

Immigration is the "flavor of the month" in terms of congressional/administrative attention. With that focus will come all matter of news and information to sway public perspective on whether to adopt the Senate's immigration plan or something else, which the House might devise.

Or maybe nothing will come of any of it. But immigration reform is being discussed as the answer to a worker shortage in the agriculture industry.

Americans need those jobs. Farmers need workers to pick crops — from Michigan to California and many places in between.

It's better to have a job than not. Whether it's exactly the job one wants — when the choice is between work or not, it is better to work. Being employed improves the possibility of getting better jobs; employers like to see steady employment and evidence of loyalty on a resume.

Picking fruit or any crop is as good on a resume as any other type of work.

It might not pay for an unemployed person to uproot family in one state and move for seasonal work to Michigan or any other farm state. The expense might exceed the income.

But every state has lots of people without jobs. Americans could take jobs crop-picking right in or near their homes.

This would reduce the unemployment rate, give Americans jobs, begin to reduce the inducement for illegal immigration and lower the demand for public assistance and food stamps. Through the years, it might require fewer taxpayer dollars, allowing working Americans to keep their hard-earned cash.

All of this will aid the economic recovery.

It makes sense to take these jobs, but people aren't and farmers are desperate for workers (as are other employers of low-paying jobs). Perhaps unemployment pays better. Whether it should is another topic. But being unemployed doesn't provide the satisfaction of a good day's work nor an appropriate example of self-sufficiency for one's children, and most of the employed want the best for the next generation — American citizens and immigrants.

It's common sense to employ Americans and immigrants who came here legally — especially when jobs are waiting to be filled — before importing more people.