Agricultural Issues Still Loom Large In Immigration Reform Stalling Remarked Miami Immigration Attorney Larry Rifkin
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2013 – If it is not one thing, it is another when it comes to stalling immigration reform. In the meantime, the one sector that Americans rely on to eat is facing dire circumstances without immigrant workers.
“The uncertainty in the agricultural sector from year-to-year is not only unsettling,” indicated Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida, “it has the potential to hurry the death of a great number of farms who produce food for our tables. Many have cut back production each year and less is being put on the market to sustain Americans. The price of food is rising in response.”
Not many Americans connect-the-dots when it comes to less immigrants working the fields due to a cut back in production because farmers cannot get enough workers. Americans do not want the jobs in the field. If they were as invested in the future of the country as they indicate, they would be out picking tomatoes, peas or oranges. Instead, farmers are forced to reduce the number of acres they use to produce their crop and hope they are able to find enough labor to take it off for market.
“The thing is, without immigration reform, situations like that in agriculture and the skilled worker shortages in Silicon Valley, take a toll on everyone —- not just those who cannot find a job to support their families, but on the employers who have jobs to offer. This stifles the economy. It does not help it to grow. In other words, the politicians who are stalling when it comes to immigration reform are shooting themselves in the foot and harming the nation’s financial stability as a whole,” added Rifkin.
What is wrong with that picture? It seems the fabric of the nation concept is only designed for those who want it to work for them, not for the greater good of all those under the fabric. Without immigrants making up a vital part of the nation’s economy, the U.S. falters on the brink of economic difficulties it may have not be able to sufficiently recover from in the long-term. It appears that those elected to do good for the country as a whole, have instead come to focus on what is good for their party and what looks good for the next election. Hence, immigration reform is still in limbo.
“Consider some shocking agricultural statistics from Oklahoma, with 86,565 farms. If immigration labor is slashed, the state would face a loss of anywhere from $44.9 million to $80.9 million. The same kind of situation would be applicable in Florida. It’s obvious immigration reform needs to be passed; at least it’s obvious to those waiting for it. Perhaps not so much to those using the reform bill as a springboard for continuous debate,” said Rifkin.