Business Insider - Trump's immigration crackdown hurting farm industry. Here's why:
Trump's promises to crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally and ICE's stepped-up enforcement efforts since his election have sent chills through the US agriculture industry. Industry-wide, 16% of workers are undocumented, while undocumented immigrants make up 70% of all fieldworkers — the vast majority of them Mexican.
In New York state, 1,080 farms are at risk of shrinking significantly or failing because of enhanced immigration enforcement in the state.
Intensified enforcement has also exacerbated a labor shortage already plaguing the industry in the state.
"If we don't have the ability to have workers on our farms, farms can't survive," Farm Bureau spokesman Steve Ammerman told Crain's.
Farmers are "having such a difficult time" finding workers, he said, "because people are scared, they're nervous to be out in the open seeking employment."
Well, why not just round up all the white trash who voted for Trump, and send them out to pick strawberries for 60 hours a week at $2/hour?
That'd sure put a dent in the obesity epidemic!