This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
Immigration has become the biggest national issue involving California‚??s farmers. In the state‚??s agricultural heartland, a host of issues are¬†on the agenda, ranging from this year‚??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 Inquirer¬†put it, local workers ‚??don‚??t like the job and don‚??t stay long.‚?Ě The immigrants who replace them, meanwhile, are¬†sniffed out¬†by the federal government and ordered to be dismissed.