According to the September LANDTHINK Pulse results, an overwhelming 74.87% of respondents believe that American farmers SHOULD NOT continue to use illegal immigrants to resolve their labor issues. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over half of farm laborers in this country are undocumented immigrants, but farmers are facing a shrinking pool of workers to harvest crops and work the farms.
America is divided on illegal immigration and border control. Throughout his administration, President Obama has taken actions to shield unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Hillary Clinton is also lax on immigration policies. She has indicated that she is in favor of securing the border, but her plan for immigration reform includes a “path to citizenship” and protection from deportation.
Donald Trump has taken a hard-line stance on illegal immigration, and has made a vow to voters that he will roll-out tougher immigration policies. Trump is calling for a zero tolerance policy for those illegals who are criminals. Additionally, Trump’s 10 point plan to reform America’s immigration system includes building a border wall, blocking funding for “sanctuary cities”, and ending “catch and release”.
Last month, the September Pulse asked: Should American farmers continue to use illegal immigrants to resolve their labor issues? Our informal online survey revealed that 74.87% of our audience believe farmers should not continue to rely on illegal immigrants to handle work on the farm, while only 25.13% said they support the practice of hiring undocumented immigrants.
Farmers, as well as the entire agriculture industry, depend on illegal immigrants. Farmers claim the majority of unemployed Americans balk at farm jobs, which subject them to difficult work conditions. The United States currently has a guestworker program, that allows farmers to temporarily hire illegal immigrants for approved jobs. Farmers are not a fan of of the program, saying it is a costly, bureaucratic nightmare.
Here are the final results:
- 25.13% said YES
- 74.87% said NO
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