America has a “need for things to be cheap” problem. It is why we have an undocumented worker issue to begin with.
They tried hiring suburban high schoolers to do this in the 1960s. It failed miserably. This is hard work that is decades away from any real automation and if we want to grow food on our own soil, we either have a pay high prices at the supermarket or expect undocumented workers to do the hard stuff and at least give them basic human rights.
I don’t see any action in my lifetime that can solve the way America supplies its citizens with food.
How do we fix that to remove undocumented workers out of the chain?
Yeah, you’re not addressing the reason why I’m concerned about undocumented workers at all.
They exist and have for many many generations in America. It is a path to citizenship.
You want to eliminate this path to citizenship as awkward as it is and impose rules on things.
That’s fine. but it does not address THE REASONS we have them here.
They are here because there is work. If you eliminate the work, how will you get the PRODUCTS of the work they provide?
Do you import from other countries and use THEIR labor? That’s an option. So, import our food from other countries with poor labor laws ? That’s what we do for shirts. Should we do that for all of our food? That will solve your problem that you see.
Most food in the United States is produced IN the United States.
Food does not produce itself. It is hard work. Not everything is robotic yet.
If we automate everything with computers and robots, then maybe we will be able to remove the need for low wage labor. We’re not going to reintroduce slavery to America, beyond the regular prison labor slavery we have now.
Now CONSTRUCTION WORKERS are the #1 job for undocumented workers.
We have a big real estate problem in the usa: too much new real estate.
So, eliminate the need for new real estate by reducing the profit available for people to trade in real estate, which will eliminate the drug that supplies the need for cheap labor to build the homes and businesses with.
These are some of the companies whose business practices will have to change to see your vision.
Maybe if the government took over operations of these companies to lower prices then they could control the flow of free market employees to these companies as well in order to control the kinds of people that inhabit America.
Then you can add new building codes and regulations and laws to ensure compliance with local, country, state and federal employment requirements – which will reduce the inventory of new homes and business properties significantly and increase the costs such that most people who are middle class and under will be forced to rent instead of own homes, because it will be out of their league.
But at least it’ll solve the major republican talking point of 2022 election cycle.
I could get on a MADE IN AMERICA BY CITIZENS plan but not in a way that destabilizes already shaky systems.
There’s a reason why none of these “solutions” ever go beyond political showmanship: it’s because undocumented workers are needed and necessary. Magical thinking of magical solutions that will simply appear out of thin air is not something to make policy out of, although we do it all the time.