Ron Saxton made the front page of DailyKos.com:
Front page blogger McJoan notes that when Saxton claims that illegal immigration "wasn't anything we talked about 10 years ago" he's revising history:
Saxton has a poor memory. Farmers in Oregon, and across the nation, were actually pretty worked up in the early 90s as a result of the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act which had passed in 1986. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, compliance with IRCA was a primary issue for farmers. I remember it well because I was working for Congressman Wyden in Oregon at the time, and worked on a number of field hearings on the issue. I also talked to lots and lots of farmers concerned about proving compliance.
Responsible farmers were concerned about complying. That's because, under IRCA, employers are guilty of breaking the law only if they knowingly employ illegal immigrants. Ron Saxton seemed not to be among those farmers.
Going further, McJoan points out the substandard housing that Saxton's farm used to house those migrant workers:
Speaking of that migrant camp, the Polk County Assessor's office has well-documented assessments of the property, including photographs. The one you're looking at here is listed as the 1953 "farm building" on the site (to view it on the site, use Internet Explorer). Neighbors verify that this building was used as a migrant camp--this is where his farm workers lived. This is what passes for migrant farm worker housing for Ron Saxton. Do you suppose that qualifies as "compassionate conservatism"?