Monday, March 27, 2023

‘People Urinating in Our Field’: A Border Farmer’s Plight Under Biden Administration Policies; Arizona Farmers Say Illegal Alien Traffic Through Fields Contaminates Crops and Threatens Food Security

Photo: Virginia Allen/The Daily Signal
‘People Urinating in Our Field’: A Border Farmer’s Plight Under Biden Administration Policies:
After Joe Biden became president, farmers in Yuma County, Arizona, watched as illegal aliens soiled large sections of their crops.
“When the United States Border Patrol lost operational control of the border here in Yuma, we had a lot of people that were making it into the production areas,” farmer Cory Mellon told The Daily Signal.
Among these illegal immigrants, Yuma farmers saw “lactating women nursing their babies in our field” and “people urinating in our field—there was a lot of loss,” Mellon said.
I spent the morning on the border talking with Yuma farmer Cory Mellon. Shortly after President Biden was elected, illegal aliens began crossing the border and walking through farmers crops. Food safety laws meant many of those crops had to be destroyed.

— Virginia Allen (@Virginia_Allen5) March 9, 2023
Mellon is a fifth-generation farmer. He and his two older brothers own the family’s 5,000-acre farm, where they grow lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach in the winter and cantaloupes, wheat, alfalfa, cotton, and other crops during the summer.
Agriculture is the central industry in Yuma County, with about 90% of North America’s winter leafy greens grown there.
The Mellon farm is located about a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border, so illegal crossings by migrants didn’t damage its crops. But many other Yuma County farmers were not so fortunate. --->READ MORE HERE
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Arizona Farmers Say Illegal Alien Traffic Through Fields Contaminates Crops and Threatens Food Security:
Arizona farmers are warning that illegal alien traffic through farmland is contaminating crops and threatening the nation’s food security.
The border crisis is putting the nation’s food security in danger, two Arizona farmers with fields near the southern border told Fox News in an exclusive.
President Joe Biden promised Arizona residents earlier this month that he would uphold stricter immigration policies ahead of his visit to the U.S.-Mexico border recently, after ordering the former governor, Doug Ducey, to demolish a wall built by state authorities.
“There’s obviously a food safety concern, because our fields are monitored and audited and tested for different pathogens,” Alex Muller, president of the Pasquinelli Produce Company, told Fox News.
Muller’s farmland is right on the U.S.-Mexico border, and he has complained that the unfinished border wall begun under former President Donald Trump and canceled under Biden in 2021 has allowed a migrant influx that jeopardizes food safety.
Ducey ordered the construction of the temporary container wall last August to plug the holes in the unfinished wall, but then agreed to remove it in January as a result of a federal lawsuit brought by the White House.
Arizonan authorities will have to work in conjunction with officials from the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to protect their residents and their property, according to the settlement with the administration.
“If there’s somebody that walks into our field and then we don’t know about why we put up flags and kind of mark it out and we don’t harvest that.”
“That hits the bottom line,” said Muller. “It’s not sustainable. It’s not good for the country.” --->READ MORE HERE
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