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Updated: 9:27 AM Jul 12, 2010
Farmers face tough decisions in how to hire hands
Tougher government regulations on migrant workers have some local orchards stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Posted: 9:27 AM Jul 12, 2010
Reporter: Kelly Asmuth
Email Address: kelly.asmuth@nbc11news.com
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  • by Haywood Location: GJ on Jul 12, 2010 at 02:53 PM
    What's with all the fuss! I sure can't wait for those peaches, yummy!!!!!
  • by Bob Location: Denver on Jul 12, 2010 at 05:32 AM
    I really feel sorry for a group of losers such as the Grand Junction farmers--pay a decent wage--and you would get decent employees. Paying illegals slave wages and then NOT paying the employee taxes--that is really "the American way" for farmers all the country. The IRS and ICE should "audit" every farmer every week. And you readers should remember--just about every farmer in the U.S. is receiving kickbacks from the Government for not doing this, and not raising that, ect. I know one farmer down in the San Luis Valley that makes more money NOT raising crops than what he makes on farming. AND he still whines about not making enough money!
  • by frederickus Location: Florida on Jul 11, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    When I lived in Palisade in the 80s I heard of at least two incidents of orchard owners who had their hands from Mexico work much of the season, only to turn them in to the INS. You of all people know this is true, so cry me a river, Bruce Talbott.
  • by Karen Location: GJ on Jul 11, 2010 at 06:34 PM
    Obama - is more in favor of importing fruits and vegetables, than supporting the AMERICAN FARMER. As go the farmers...so goes the country...I wish Obama would quit being a puppet of the left, or front man as they say, and shape up or ship out...and take all the back room decision makers aka upper eschelon on the left with you.
  • by Laverne Location: Grand Junction, Colorado on Jul 11, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    I feel for the farmers. I grew up on a farm and we picked crops by hand as early in the morning as we could due to heat as high as 114 degrees F. in Oklahoma. I feel for the illegal immigrants that could not make a living in their own country and the dangers caused by drug cartels. I have mixed emotions about the situation. I have paid for the education of illegal aliens' children with higher property taxes and have taught them English as a second language. I have paid for their medical bills through higher taxes. If they want to take my children's opportunities for jobs, I want them to become USA citizens the way they are supposed to do and to pay taxes, too.
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