Some view this situation as good news that the illegal immigrant flow is dropping, drastically. However, if farmers are not able to recruit enough documented workers to pick the crops, even upon agreeing to pay the minimum wage, there goes an argument against a guest-worker program.
Immigration reform has been stonewalled for years with politicians insisting that such a program would mean amnesty for workers breaking the law. They insisted that if there were fewer illegals, Americans would find jobs. So far, Americans may find that there are jobs in the agricultural sector to be had, but they are not interested in the low wages and hard work. And that is the Catch-22.
Will this issue be dealt with during the next four years? Or will the nation find itself facing a food shortage and discover that what there is in stores is way more expensive than it used to be? “It’s time to do something to fix this. Let’s see what the government comes up with this time,” suggested Rifkin.