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|User Info||Spare Me The Outrage About DACA; entered at 2017-09-05 19:48:48|
Registered: 2015-05-03 Vancouver WA
Vernonb - At one point the U.S. had the "Bracero Program" that allowed Mexicans into to U.S. to fill gaps in laborers during harvest times. One of the things farmers would provide is housing, I have seen and played in some of the old houses and they were often concrete bunk houses with a shared kitchen and washing areas. |
I do not know how familiar you are with farm labor, but it can be very labor intensive, so it was mostly young men who came up worked hard and were able to go back to Mexico (or wherever) with a pocket full of money. I have heard that often times these workers were able to live quite nicely in Mexico on the 3-4 months wages they earned.
The houses were nothing fancy, but if you were only passing through you did not need too much.
If I understand the oral history of the program well enuff, the young men started to get older and started to bring their wives, well the farmer wasn't going to pay for that, so states started offering housing subsidies and well one thing lead to another and pretty soon full blown welfare benefits were being given to the families. And in many cases the farmer no longer needed to provide housing for migrant workers, wages stayed suppressed, but the migrants didn't really care because each state they moved to offered them benefits and the states were able to hide the real cost in their borrowing for their budgets.
Farmers win, because they are able to keep their costs down, migrants won because they received more benefits and tax payers lost, but were too blind to see the real cost because the bill was always pushed down the road.
Of course now you have illegals coming across the boarder taking advantage of the system, and if we are going to be stupid enuff to allow this, how can you blame the people taking advantage?
DACA has allowed the "children" of illegals to jump in front of the line we should be reserving for our own children. They DACA (And other) programs give illegals more rights than American Citizens, yet we have people crying about how unfair it is to the illegals.
So Vernonb your jackass acquaintance may have lost a house and a pig, but he got off lucky as American children are losing their futures.