Donald Trump is so wrong about the need to wall out potential illegals from Mexico, or deport those already here (unless convicted of crimes). Camillia Lanham’s article “No Vacancy” (June 16) makes that abundantly clear.
The problem isn’t that there are too many Mexicans in this country, it is that there are probably too few—especially in agricultural areas like California’s which have seem a drastic drop in workers, endangering our local food supplies/suppliers.
The H-2A guest worker program is vital, and people opposed to housing these workers are simply totally wrongheaded.
It’s interesting that Lanham points out that Castaneda and Sons, hirer of guest workers, hasn’t had even one local person apply for a harvesting job since 1991. Presumably, this includes even Mexicans living here (legal or illegal) who have gone off to find better paying work, and of course Caucasian workers.
I was incensed when I read about NIMBYists burning down the already-in-progress worker housing in Nipomo. This amounts to an act of local terrorism!
I’ve worked with Mexicans for years in a variety of situations and never had an issue with any of them. They are hard and sincere workers. They helped me build a house in a resort in the northern Baja and were happy to get paid the local rate of $15 a day!
A whole family, from ages 5 to 55, contributed to the effort. I’d hire them again in a heartbeat.
Then there’s Canada, which four out of 10 Trumpites (according to a Bloomberg poll this year) would like to wall off on the 49th parallel. Preposterous!
If anything, we need to make our northern border less restrictive—crossings by tourists have been getting downright unpleasant. And we make it hard on Canadians, like Mexicans, who just want to work here temporarily.