H-1B Advanced Cap Count Update
USCIS issued the latest cap count for H-1B advanced degree exemption, as of July 18, 2006. For the full release, see here.
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Dear Weekly Editor:
Liz Tutton's letter to the Editor (07/17/06 IW) makes the claim that without illegal aliens to do field work Americans would ".....pay over $20 for less than a pound of watermelon like Japan does." Her letter's hperbole is a tactic that the open borders crowd uses instead of facts. In a study published by the University of California at Davis Ag School, (Rural Migration News), they found that a 40% increase in farm labor costs translated to a 2 to 3% price rise in farm produce. In 1964 the Braccero program ended and farm worker wages went up in the tomato fields of Central California. Growers were forced to mechanize and the price of tomatoes actually decreased as more acreage was opened up for production due to the mechanization. In addition growers benefited by not having to try to coordinate the harvest to the availability of farm hands and profits went up for them as the price of goods decreased. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that we need about 900,000 field hands, (including farmers who work in the fields on their own land). We have 10 to 20 million illegal aliens yet we have a shortage of workers? How many illegal aliens do we need? 30 or 40 million in order to have "cheap produce"? The average American family spends about $7 a week for fresh fruits and vegetables, less than the average for alcoholic beverages. I recently paid a $1 for a pound of lettuce. According to the U.C. Davis study about 7 cents of that dollar goes to pay the wages of field hands. If you doubled their wages the cost of a pound of lettuce would go up another 7 cents. I'd gladly pay it if it means no more illegal aliens.
Jim Ludwick, Oregonians for Immigration Reform
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