A sustained corporate media propaganda campaign has been initiated in order to bolster attempts by the Bush administration to further ease restrictions on how foreign laborers can be brought into the country in the wake of the collapse of the recent amnesty legislation.
Numerous reports in the mainstream media are connecting a rise in food prices to a lack of illegal immigration:
Farmers in and around Northern California are starting to feel the pinch from tighter border security and visa requirements, NBC11’s Daniel Garza reported Monday.
Some farmers told Garza they expect some of their fields to remain unpicked.
Some said they believe their fields will end up filled with rotting produce.
The Bush administration has learned of the possible loss of millions of dollars for thousands of farmers throughout the country, and is attempting to loosen visa requirements for workers.
The president has blamed Congress for failing to come up with acceptable new immigration laws.
According to reports producers are warning that food prices are consequently set to rise dramatically as supply dwindles and demand grows.
As the LA Times , among others has reported, the Bush administration has begun quietly rewriting federal regulations to eliminate barriers that restrict how foreign laborers legally can be brought into the country, using food shortages and the threat of higher food prices as justification:
The push to speedily rewrite the regulations is also the Bush administration’s attempt to step into the breach left when Congress failed to pass an immigration overhaul in June that could have addressed the reality of American farms, where almost three-quarters of the workers are thought to be illegal immigrants.
The report suggests that officials at the three federal agencies are considering multiple changes, including “lengthening the time workers can stay, expanding the types of work they can do, simplifying how their applications are processed and even redefining terms such as ‘temporary.'”
As ever the federal government is offering ludicrous solutions to a problem they have created. How is bringing more immigrants into the country going to ease the demand and raise the supply of food?
One real reason the demand is outweighing supply is the fact that the latest studies show there are now up to 38 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. With only around 30, 000 arrested and deported in a so called “crackdown”.
38 million is a lack of illegal immigrants? How many more does the government want? By offering up restrictions on immigration, the government is providing a contributing factor to the problem as the solution!
Any rise in food prices is sure to be facilitated by the declining dollar and a hike in energy prices not by a lack of illegal immigrants.
As the AP reports today:
This morning, your bowl of cereal and milk probably cost you 49 cents. Last year, it was 44 cents. By next year, it could be 56 cents. It’s enough to make you cry in your cornflakes.
The forces behind the rise in food prices — China’s economic boom, a growing biofuels industry and a weak U.S. dollar — are global and not letting up anytime soon. Grocery receipts are bulging because the raw ingredients, packaging and fuel that go into the price of foodstuffs cost more than they have in decades.
Oil prices have almost doubled in the last three years, hitting all time highs last month. This a continuing trend we have tirelessly shown has been engineered in part by the corporate elite representatives of the large energy companies who are hyping an artificially scarcity, cashing in on concerns over global warming and, in tandem with the military industrial complex, restricting the flow of oil from the middle east.
Crude oil dictates the price of gasoline, plastic packaging and pesticides and fertilizers, all contributors to food prices. As the price of oil rises the relative increase is passed on all the way down the line to the consumer.
We have also highlighted the move, on behalf of the privately owned central banks, toward a controlled devaluation of the dollar and slow decline of the U.S. economy in order to facilitate a period of consolidation, increased social control, increased regionalization and a market they can more easily manipulate.
Flooding an already inundated U.S. with more low skilled immigrants and reducing the standard of living is not the solution to an ailing economy and rising cost of living, anyone in their right mind can tell you that, so why is the government telling us the opposite?
A strong and competitive American economy relies upon a highly skilled, well educated labor pool along with a healthy and competitive free market, but that represents the antithesis of the neo-mercantilist elite’s desire to consolidate and increase their own monopolist wealth and power at the expense of everyone else on the globe.