Voices of reason from agriculture

Laura Drotleff wrote in Greenhouse Grower, “This country’s politics are out of control when it comes to agricultural guestworkers and immigration reform . . . .” She cites U.S. Jobs Report data that the U.S. has more job openings than unemployed Americans.

The progressive left would do well to hear the reasoned voices of American farmers on trade and immigration. This is especially true in Florida, which contributes $4 billion to U.S. exports. Florida also has a farm candidate for Governor who was for immigration reform before he was against it.

How did we get to this point of national insanity?

President Bush tried to pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. The bill, which needed 14 more votes to pass the Senate, was opposed by 15 Democrats. Look where we are at now.

In the run-up to the 2016 elections, self-described progressives opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Should we be glad that we are now in trade war with the world?

Self-described progressives dealt our extremist President good hands on trade and immigration. I think it is time to find common ground on trade and immigration. Despite problems, trade and immigration are moderating forces in the world. A state such as Florida with strong agriculture is likely to provide reasoned voices in the middle and hopefully bring this country back to the middle.

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