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— Reasons for Immigrant Amnesty —

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CNN article

“I think everybody in our society is pretty clear that the least desirable job in the U.S. is being a migrant farm worker,” said Rob Williams, director of the Migrant Farm Worker Justice Project. “If someone said to me, ’Here’s a hazardous job and there’s no worker’s compensation,’ I’d say, ‘No thanks, It’s kind of a no-brainer.”

The Department of Agriculture counts nearly one million farm workers in the United States. According to the Migrant Farm Worker Justice Project, 85% of farm workers are immigrants — and up to 70% of them are illegal.

Rodriguez, the union president, said the campaign is meant to draw attention to the need for immigration reform, such as the so-called AgJobs bill currently held up in Congress. The bill would grant temporary legal status to immigrants, which would become permanent if they continue to work on farms for a specific period of time.

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insufficient_sample by Andrew Kenworthy

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O.K. I just wrote this all out in detail and then lost it so… I’ll cut to the chase:

“I think everybody in our society is pretty clear that the least desirable job in the U.S. is being a migrant farm worker,”

This statement is backed up by nothing and with 70% of the migrants being illegal the job must be somewhat desirable for unskilled labor looking to work in the U.S.

I’ll call this an “Insufficient Sample” fallacy and really, it’s an easy one to make and I can almost give it a pass.

The main problem that I have is that the author points to bad working conditions as the main reason for reform. If the current laws were enforced there would not be a problem with the working conditions as growers would not be taking advantage of an illegal work force. Without the illegal activity capitalism would balance out both the pay and working conditions so that both would mirror their true worth.

I don’t have a name for this fallacy other than… Bite me…