Can immigration deal get thumbs up from Drudge? Will it matter?

04/18/2013 06:23:00 AM
Tom Karst

National Editor Tom KarstChecking in from Washington’s state on the coverage of the newly introduced immigration reform bill, I’m curious to see how the legislation is viewed by the Drudge Report,  industry leaders and farm worker advocates.

So far, thumbs up from the industry and farm worker advocates and one thumbs down from Drudge.

 Drudge can be expected to convey the initial sense of public awareness/outrage about the immigration reform legislation, while industry leaders and farm worker lobbyists will reveal  enthusiasm for immigration reform/guest worker provisions.

 Drudge’s headlines, as usual, emphasized the reactionary element of the political spectrum. The headlines tonight  "Congressman: Immigration Bill 'Worse Than We Thought'...

 And “Groups: we are going to fight"

 In contrast, The Packer’s coverage by Coral Beach noted that “Produce groups join others to support immigration reform

The political math for immigration is hard to figure, but one assumes there will be significant momentum for reform this year. One thing is certain: the more negative stories that Drudge links to on immigration, the tougher the slog it will be for Republicans to find the resolve to support comprehensive immigration reform.

What does the bill contain? Here is a selected summary of the ag-related provisions from the Senate summary:

The full text of the bill can be found here.

 

United Fresh summarizes the ag labor provisions this way:

 

Key Agricultural Labor Provisions in Immigration Reform Bill

Current undocumented farmworkers would be eligible to obtain legal status through a new Blue Card program if they choose to remain working in agriculture:

Ag workers who can document working in U.S. agriculture for a minimum of 100 workdays or 575 hours prior to December 31, 2012 can adjust to this new Blue Card status.


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r henry    
LA  |  April, 18, 2013 at 03:46 PM

Pardon me...but Drudge scarcely writes a word....he simply aggregates stories from other sources.

Doug    
Raleigh, NC  |  April, 23, 2013 at 02:56 PM

Correct you are, r henry. But Drudge editorializes even in the way he chooses and presents the links he aggregates, and he has an especially cunning touch with the images he chooses and where and how he places them on his site. Ann Althouse of The Althouse blog often points out Drudge's masterful use of images on his site. On the matter of immigration reform, though, I have this question for the produce industry. You say you need immigrant labor to do " ... the jobs Americans won't do". Alright. Amnesty becomes law of the land, complete with a path to citizenship. Illegals are now American citizens, with all the requisite benefits, entitlements, labor protections. Will these newly minted "Americans" continue to do " ... the jobs Americans won't do"? Or will they leave the fields and orchards for, oh let's say, construction work at higher wages? Or will they go on government benefits? And in the end, after legislation has created 12 million new citizens, will the produce industry need a steady new supply of (dare I use the term) "illegal immigrants" to pick their crops? Think about this.

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