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Dorothea Lange – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy – ‘Always Something Interesting’ (yeah, no kiddin’)

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May, 1937

“Migratory family traveling across the desert in search of work in cotton at Roswell, New Mexico. U.S. Route 70, Arizona.”

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See more Dorothea Lange photos, HERE:

http://www.shorpy.com/dorothea-lange-photographs

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Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA).

Lange’s photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.

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Read more, HERE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Lange

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July 3, 2013 Posted by | American photoghaphers | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Farmers Oppose G.O.P. Bill on Immigration

Via: NYT

Farmers across the country are rallying to fight a Republican-sponsored bill that would force them and all other employers to verify the legal immigration status of their workers, a move some say could imperil not only future harvests but also the agricultural community’s traditional support for conservative candidates.

The bill was proposed by Representative Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican who is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. It would require farmers — who have long relied on a labor force of immigrants, a majority here without legal documents — to check all new hires through E-Verify, a federal database run by the Department of Homeland Security devised to ferret out illegal immigrants.

Farm laborers, required like other workers to show that they are authorized to take jobs in the United States, often present Social Security numbers and some form of picture ID. Employers, many of them labor contractors providing crews to farms, have not been required to check the information and are discouraged by antidiscrimination laws from looking at it too closely. But it is an open secret that many farmworkers’ documents are false.

Supporters of E-Verify, an electronic system that is currently mandatory for most federal contractors but voluntary for other employers, argue that it would eliminate any doubt about workers’ legal status. But farmers say it could cripple a $390 billion industry that relies on hundreds of thousands of willing, low-wage immigrant workers to pick, sort and package everything from avocados to zucchini.

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Mr. Smith said requiring employers to determine that new hires were eligible to work would prevent illegal immigrants from taking jobs at a time of high joblessness for Americans. “We could open up millions of jobs for unemployed Americans and legal workers,” he said.

But farmers and their advocates scoff at that notion, saying that regardless of high unemployment, few American workers are willing to sign up for what are often hard, hot and long hours in the fields.

“People just don’t want to do farm work,” Mr. Wenger said. “They don’t want to pick berries. They don’t want to pick lettuce. And the pay is just as good as working at the hamburger shop or making up hotel rooms, but they just don’t want to do the work.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/us/politics/31verify.html?pagewanted=1&ref=us

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see photo:

‘And the pay is just as good as working at the hamburger shop or making up hotel rooms, but they just don’t want to do the work.’

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July 31, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If you think food prices are high now, just wait …

Via: AJC

After enactment of House Bill 87, a law designed to drive illegal immigrants out of Georgia, state officials appear shocked to discover that HB 87 is, well, driving a lot of illegal immigrants out of Georgia.

It might almost be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

The resulting manpower shortage has forced state farmers to leave millions of dollars’ worth of blueberries, onions and other crops unharvested and rotting in the fields. It has also put state officials into something of a panic at the damage they’ve done to Georgia’s largest industry.

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The results of that investigation have now been released. According to survey of 230 Georgia farmers conducted by Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, farmers expect to need more than 11,000 workers at some point over the rest of the season, a number that probably underestimates the real need, since not every farmer in the state responded to the survey.

“The agriculture industry is the number one economic engine in Georgia and it is my sincere hope to find viable and law-abiding solutions to the current problem our farmers face,” Deal said in announcing the findings. In the meantime, Deal proposes that farmers try to hire the 2,000 unemployed criminal probationers estimated to live in southwest Georgia.

Somehow, I suspect that would not be a partnership made in heaven for either party.

Read more, HERE:

http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2011/06/14/ga-s-farm-labor-crisis-going-exactly-as-planned/

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Photo:

October 1939. Neches, Texas.

“Mexican migrants drinking cold drinks and buying candy at filling station where the truck taking them to their homes in the Rio Grande Valley has stopped.

They had been picking cotton in Mississippi.”

Photograph by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

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‘Russell Lee – Image Gallery’

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/russell-lee-image-gallery/

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June 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment