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Monday, June 19, 2017

WILLARD, Ohio -- Migrant workers arrive here every spring to work in the "muck," which is what everybody calls the fertile soil that makes this part of Ohio the perfect place to grow radishes, peppers, cucumbers and leafy greens. The temporary workers can be seen planting, weeding and, later in the season, harvesting crops that will be sold at national supermarket chains.

But there's trouble in the muck this growing season.

The first sign of discontent came earlier in the year, when the Willard Area Chamber of Commerce was planning a welcome-back party for the migrants, most of whom come from Mexico and other countries farther south. Vendors were to sell food and drink. A soccer tournament, rides and singers were to entertain the crowd. At the chamber's February meeting, everyone seemed on board.

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But after a local newspaper published an article about the event in March, a far less welcoming response emerged, one rooted in the vigorous national debate over illegal immigration that brought President Trump to office. Some Willard residents complained that Hispanic workers did not deserve any special treatment, and that those without papers ought to be met not with open arms, but rather with handcuffs. Daniel Young, a Vietnam War veteran, wrote a letter to the editor of The Norwalk Reflector saying that he and others "are still waiting on our welcome-home party."

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For decades, the farmers have relied on migrant labor from spring to fall. Depending on how quickly they work, field workers can earn up to $18 an hour, compared with Ohio's $8.15 minimum hourly wage. Many return year after year to do the strenuous seasonal work, sometimes in temperatures that soar to 100 degrees. (Local residents largely steer clear.)

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#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-06-19 01:34 PM | Reply

"Without the Hispanic labor force, we wouldn't be able to grow crops," said Ben Wiers, a great-grandson of the pioneer Henry Wiers, who bought five acres here in 1896
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#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-06-19 01:34 PM | Reply

Daniel Young, a Vietnam War veteran, wrote a letter to the editor of The Norwalk Reflector saying that he and others "are still waiting on our welcome-home party."

That's a lot of butthurt after forty years. Grab a six pack and listen to a Lee Greenwood album or Ted Nuge if you prefer pedophile draft evaders.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2017-06-19 01:35 PM | Reply

Coin-operated laundries, banks, gas stations and other businesses could also lose the typical boom in business that comes with the arrival of the seasonal workers.

"Oh, Lord, we order extra of everything; we double up on people and hours," said a hopeful Denise Maynard, assistant manager of Save-A-Lot, one of two supermarkets in town. She described buses that disgorge migrants, who push "overheaping cartloads" through the store's aisles.

Just two days before the first radishes were ready to be pulled up in late May, field workers had hardly started to trickle in.

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#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-06-19 01:36 PM | Reply

Sounds like a vocal minority has "mucked" things up for everyone else.

Hopefully they can move forward and continue to operate in the fashion they have in the past.

#5 | Posted by eberly at 2017-06-19 01:40 PM | Reply

The butt hurt these trumpers feel over jobs they think they have lost but in reality don't want to do is amazing. When a head of lettuce costs $8, they will be butthurt over that too.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2017-06-19 01:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I wonder if we could get Americans to do the work. $18 an hour isn't so bad.

#7 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-06-19 01:44 PM | Reply

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HAHAHAHAH!!

The people in Willard Ohio don't wonder. They know better. The migrant workers are reliable and dependable.

I grew up in a similar town in SW Kansas. The town was formed and grew specifically because of the ag community. The largest employer is the farmer owned Coop and 60% of the kids in school were from farms or parents were employed in ag somehow.

But at harvest time every year there were some folks who complained the grain trucks were slow, loud, and tore up the road.

The elevator was loud, the grain dust was horrible, etc......but nobody paid attention to those people. Their complaining didn't hold up anything.

#8 | Posted by eberly at 2017-06-19 01:49 PM | Reply

But at harvest time every year there were some folks who complained the grain trucks were slow, loud, and tore up the road.

The elevator was loud, the grain dust was horrible, etc......but nobody paid attention to those people. Their complaining didn't hold up anything.

Posted by eberly at 2017-06-19 01:49 PM | Reply

Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I LOVE those times.

#9 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-06-19 01:50 PM | Reply

I spent the summer between my Junior and Senior year, after being an exchange student in Argentina translating for the transportation program for the Willard Migrant program. 20 some years ago it was part of Head Start, not sure if it still is.

What a sad state of affairs my old state has become. I saw it first hand during the Tea Party revolution too. Ohio eats itself.

#10 | Posted by bocaink at 2017-06-19 03:40 PM | Reply

This is the area I grew up in and where I still live. Willard is maybe an hour south and east.

The people out in the county are mentally retarded. I bet the dumb *** Weirs kid in the article voted for donnie dealmaker.

He probably thought he was talking about those other people who hire immigrants and also those completely other immigrants all together.

Certainly not the ones who he hires...

#11 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-06-19 08:15 PM | Reply

Capitalism will win in the end, especially over porch dwelling retirees who write letters to the editor but won't do the field work themselves.

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-19 09:36 PM | Reply

These are jobs that Americans won't do because they are seasonal. $18/hour sounds pretty fair but it only lasts a few months. Given that communities like this one need migrant workers you'd think they'd be pushing for giving policies that help these workers straighten out their legal status rather than screeching for deportation.

As far as the Vietnam veteran pointing out that he never got his welcome back party: You should worry less about parties and more about how/why we deploy combat troops and what kind of medical treatment and job training they get when they come home. We pay a ton of lip service to veterans now but all the parties and half time salutes at ball games don't really help them.

#13 | Posted by Sully at 2017-06-20 09:46 AM | Reply

These are jobs that Americans won't do because they are seasonal. $18/hour sounds pretty fair but it only lasts a few months.

Bingo.

$18/hr don't mean squat in mid January when the pay is $0 per hour.

Seasonal employees will go back to Mexico and live off of their earnings.

#14 | Posted by 726 at 2017-06-20 01:43 PM | Reply

For students, it's great money. I would have done it.

#15 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-06-20 06:12 PM | Reply

Daniel Young, a Vietnam War veteran, wrote a letter to the editor of The Norwalk Reflector saying that he and others "are still waiting on our welcome-home party."

Get a job and they'll probably be more welcoming.
...Or so I've heard...

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-06-20 06:15 PM | Reply

No offense to Daniel Young, welcome home.
Personally I find that I miss the more open door policies of my younger days. I'm in AZ, people didn't have to pay coyotes thousands to cross the border or die in the worst of the desert. They could go home and visit their families knowing they could come back and resume their jobs and such. Now it's a criminal organization as before it was just the way it was. I'm sure a lot of you folks would love to pick the winter Yuma lettuce for the whole country or hop up and replace my roof.

And don't tell me about drugs. We like them and we would import them from Iceland if we could cheaper.

And if you've been watching the History Channel, my god

#17 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-20 07:10 PM | Reply

And if you've been watching the History Channel, my god POSTED BY BRUCEAZ

Yesss, the recent features have been intense. Amazing what shenanigans have occurred since the war on drugs began.

#18 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-20 07:41 PM | Reply

"Amazing what shenanigans have occurred since the war on drugs began."

It's important to realize how American freedoms were removed.
The lies that were told which got the Supreme Court to agree that the Fourth Amendment and Fifth Amendment were not as important as breaking into homes unannounced that might contain drugs.
And forget about any delusions you had to a right to be secure in your person and your effects when you're not at home.

Et_Al would be a great resource on this, if he wanted to be.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-06-20 07:46 PM | Reply

"Amazing what shenanigans have occurred since the war on drugs began."

Mostly in the South, and at the State level. And disproportionately affecting blacks.

For some reason, you Republicans don't call that racism.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-06-20 07:47 PM | Reply

It's not racism Soofy, Sessions is offering you a business opportunity. Invest in private prisons, money to be made. The poor black folk and others fill the prisons and the rich folk will pay for it with fines. See how everything works out in the land of the free.

This is just advice, your investment experience may vary.

#21 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-20 08:16 PM | Reply

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