Mexican Potatoes Now More Welcome in U.S. Than Actual Mexicans

mexican potatoJonny8021/drawceptionMexican potatoes, previously unwelcome on our fair shores, are now permitted the enter the country legally and in large numbers. Still waiting on that immigration reform, though.

Via the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Ryan Young, here's last week's Federal Register entry about this exciting development in spuds:

We are amending the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) from Mexico into the United States. As a condition of entry, the potatoes must be produced in accordance with a systems approach employing a combination of mitigation measures to prevent the introduction and dissemination of plant pests into the United States. The potatoes must be imported in commercial consignments, must be produced by a grower who is registered in a certification program, must be packed in registered packinghouses, must be washed, cleaned, and treated with a sprout inhibitor, and must be inspected after packing for quarantine pests. The potatoes must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate that declares that the conditions for importation have been met. Finally, the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Mexico must provide a bilateral workplan to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that details the activities that the NPPO of Mexico will carry out to meet these requirements, subject to APHIS' approval.

(Mexico has announced its intention to allow U.S. potatoes to move south as well.)

ReasonReasonThe whole process sounds pretty unwieldy, and if you're caught crossing the border with a bunch of heritage taters in a secret compartment in your car, you're still going to be in big trouble, you crudité coyote.

But it's now a heck of a lot easier to get a spud across the border than it is to import a human. Even if that person wants to work, wants to get in line and follow the rules, and just wants to be loved.

In related news: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued in a speech today that the GOP need to get "beyond deportation."

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  • Swiss Servator, mehr Sprüngli||

    Finally, the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Mexico must provide a bilateral workplan to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that details the activities that the NPPO of Mexico will carry out to meet these requirements, subject to APHIS' approval.

    Somewhere, the Ghost of Leonid Brezhnev smiles.

  • Tim||

    "In related news: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued in a speech today that the GOP need to get "beyond deportation."

    Get beyond deportation, invasion, domination and also moral education.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Serious question: Who audits Mexican farms to ensure compliance?

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    My guess is somebody's brother or cousin.

  • Paul.||

    Boom. You've been here all week.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    I've been trying to come up with a decent April Fools Day joke, but nothing so far. Today, it has all been "my dog layed an egg lol" bullshit so far.

    I was thinking along the lines of faking my own death, but I would have had to start planning that a month ago...

  • Pro Libertate||

    Tell everyone that you've been a sockpuppet of Virginia Postrel for all of these years.

  • Almanian!||

    Sockpuppets were a lot better when Virginia Postrel was here...

  • Agammamon||

    So, basically the same people who audit *American* farms to ensure compliance.

  • WTF||

    Hordes of bureaucrats hanging out in Cancun on the taxpayer's dime.

  • Pro Libertate||

    My understanding is that the actual inspections done by government are quite minimal. In the U.S., that means self-policing in large part. But what's the means of enforcing compliance in Mexico?

  • Tim||

    Starch cartels?

  • Sudden||

    They have eyes everywhere

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Sprüngli||

    You...I mean...that....

    *shakes head and wanders away*

  • Tim||

    Whoa!

  • WTF||

    Oh, I'm sure the actual inspections are minimal. I was just being snarky about the Ag. Department bureaucrats using it as an excuse for free vacations in Cancun.

  • Pro Libertate||

    No, I agree with that part. But they wouldn't be inspecting any potatoes. More likely they'd be inspecting processed agave.

  • Almanian!||

    Ay, yi, yiiiiiiii!

    *cymbal crash*

    *places head on hands - camera zooms in*

    /Sabado Gigante

  • mr simple||

    They'll be performing their secondary role as bikini inspectors. They even have official shirts.

  • Almanian!||

    Epi's mom?

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    It's kinda like the Mexican guy working in the United States and claiming 10 dependents who live in Mexico on his 1040.

    With no SSN needed, you can claim as many as you want!

  • Pro Libertate||

    There's a reason my wife and I agreed to stop buying the entirely reasonably priced tilapia from Walmart when we found out they were raised in China.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    MMMmmmm, Salton Sea tilapia...

    Seriously, that's the only fish that is able to survive in the Salton Sea. There are millions of them.
    I took my kid to check the place out, and we thought we were standing on a white sand beach. On closer inspection, it was all tilapia skeletons.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I'm not convinced that either Chinese industry or the Chinese government have deep concerns about the conditions in which the fish are raised.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    Dude, they just send a U-haul down to the Salton Sea.

  • SugarFree||

    The Vietnamese tilapia farms are basically just a grid of floating chicken cages. Feed the chickens, chicken shit in the water to feed the tilapia. The smell must be worse than STEVE SMITH's taint.

    Delicious.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Just so long as they have standards.

  • ||

    Anchor frys!

  • LiveFreeOrDiet||

    Tilapia? I'm very picky about seafood. Then again, I can walk out my front door (OK, so there's no literal front door. Both doors go to the sides.) and cast a line in the Chesapeake. After a storm I don't even have to push a boat off the beach.

  • Pro Libertate||

    This was some years ago and was only for certain things, like seafood stews.

    Being in Florida, I have pretty high standards for fresh fish. Used to catch a decent amount myself, but no time to do that anymore.

  • LiveFreeOrDiet||

    I have time. Unfortunately it will be a couple months before any decent fishing here, and there are none left in the freezer. (Sniffle)

  • ||

    Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!

  • Almanian!||

    crudité coyote

    C'est si bon!

  • Paul.||

    As a condition of entry, the potatoes must be produced in accordance with a systems approach employing a combination of mitigation measures to prevent the introduction and dissemination of plant pests into the United States. The potatoes must be imported in commercial consignments, must be produced by a grower who is registered in a certification program, must be packed in registered packinghouses, must be washed, cleaned, and treated with a sprout inhibitor, and must be inspected after packing for quarantine pests. The potatoes must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate that declares that the conditions for importation have been met. Finally, the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Mexico must provide a bilateral workplan to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that details the activities that the NPPO of Mexico will carry out to meet these requirements, subject to APHIS' approval.

    Welcome to the U.S., enjoy your freedom. Do not taunt happy-fun freedom.

  • Almanian!||

    Happy Fun Ball - I'd forgotten! Nice reset, Paul.

    /when SNL didn't suck

  • Restoras||

    Nice alt+text.

  • Paul.||

    In related news: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued in a speech today that the GOP need to get "beyond deportation."

    But isn't it a legitimate use of government to control the supply of labor to insure higher labor prices for white people?

  • Acosmist||

    Free trade seems cool. Importing tens of millions of welfare mooches...failing to see the libertarian angle to that.

  • Paul.||

    Importing tens of millions of welfare mooches...

    Yeah, but the post said, (Mexico has announced its intention to allow U.S. potatoes to move south as well.)

    So our couch potatoes can move down there, too. And I guarantee you ours are more expensive than theirs. Because our potatoes are college-educated with degrees in photography and French Literature.

  • Calidissident||

    What a brilliant, objective analysis.

  • SugarFree||

    We tried to hire an IllegalMexicanImmigrant to do his job, but we couldn't pay Javier enough.

  • Andrew S.||

    Both the picture and the alt-text are horribly racist. Check your privilege, you white male shitlords.

  • Loki||

    Check your privilege, you white male shitlords.

    Mexican Potatoes Now More Welcome in U.S. Than Actual Mexicans
    Katherine Mangu-Ward

    How about you check yours first, you sexist, misogynistic, PATRIARCHICAL prick!

  • Andrew S.||

    Oh, KMW doesn't exist. Everyone knows there are no female libertarians. It's really Gillespie in a dress.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Rand Paul is truly the future, even if he isn't the GOP nominee. We are going to get some kind of pathway to citizenship, period. It's happening. We are not 'enforcing TEH LAW', period.

  • jmomls||

    I find the term "immigration reform" to be Orwellian Humor at its best.

    It's not so much "reform" as it is "negotiated surrender" to millions of invaders. When you've got sanctuary cities 1000 miles north of the Mexican border, you know you've lost.

  • R C Dean||

    In related news: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued in a speech today that the GOP need to get "beyond deportation."

    If you eschew deportation in principle, then you have no enforcement mechanism for any kind of entry controls.

    I'd be curious to know if Rand is really that much of an open borders guy, going all the way back to when the only entry controls were for goods coming through customs.

  • Homple||

    What, you mean Mexicans can raise potatoes in Mexico and sell the potatoes for money in America? Unpossible!

  • ||

    What about frozen French fries?

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