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Minutemen, Grab Your Hoes and March North

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  • Steven L. Robinson
    Modest Proposal MINUTEMEN, GRAB YOUR HOES AND MARCH NORTH By Marc Cooper
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 16, 2005
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      Modest Proposal

      MINUTEMEN, GRAB YOUR HOES AND MARCH NORTH

      By Marc Cooper

      http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-op-modestproposal16oct16,0,6763328.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions>

      THE LEADERS of the anti-immigration Minutemen have begun another monthlong
      sweep along the Southwest border, searching for illegal aliens.

      But a rugged, mountainous desert border is the toughest place to find large
      groups of the undocumented. These guys should stow their binoculars, fold up
      their lawn chairs and head not south but, rather, north to California's lush
      Central Valley.


      All the Minutemen have to do is go up to the flyspeck towns around Fresno or
      Bakersfield, get up around 4 a.m. and watch the thousands of illegals
      mustering for a day's work picking, packing or pruning our basic crops.

      The illegals have no access to welfare programs, so it's either work or go
      home. If the Minutemen were smart, they'd trade in their side arms for a
      pair of gloves and a straw hat and simply take those jobs back from the
      illegals — even for a month. Just get out on the highways and offer
      themselves up to the labor contractors and, boom, our illegal alien problem
      is over.

      What red-blooded American employer wouldn't rather have a reliable,
      English-speaking, patriotic and military-fit crop picker than an
      undocumented Mexican from who-knows-where? Because they volunteer their time
      now, the Minutemen should appreciate making the farm labor standard of
      approximately $7 an hour (the state's minimum wage is $6.75), nine hours a
      day with two 10-minute breaks and a half-hour lunch. The state guarantees
      some drinking water and a porta-potty. And there are no bothersome
      deductions for healthcare or dues for unions because there is virtually none
      of either.

      There are risks. Earlier this year five immigrant farmworkers died of heat
      exposure. But the summer's come and gone. And this is the season when the
      Minutemen can step in and make the difference. Drop your weapons, pick up a
      hoe and save America.

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