This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
Immigration has become the biggest national issue involving Californiaâ??s farmers. In the stateâ??s agricultural heartland, a host of issues areÂ on the agenda, ranging from this yearâ??s painful drought to marijuana eradication.
But one matter looms large. Farmers need more laborers to work the fields, and Americans have not stepped up to the plate.
That has not just been a problem for California. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, for instance, the challenge has been the same. As the Philadelphia InquirerÂ put it, local workers â??donâ??t like the job and donâ??t stay long.â?ť The immigrants who replace them, meanwhile, areÂ sniffed outÂ by the federal government and ordered to be dismissed.