A. Barton Hinkle on Opening the Doors to Lots More Immigration


With so many Americans unemployed, why not hire locals instead of shipping in labor from abroad? That's exactly what Colorado farmer John Harold tried to do last year, writes A. Barton Hinkle. "It didn't take me six hours to realize I'd made a heck of a mistake," he later told The New York Times. "Six hours was enough," the paper reported, "for the first wave of local workers to quit. Some simply never came back [after lunch] and gave no reason. Twenty-five of them said specifically, according to farm records, that the work was too hard."