OREGON CROPS ROT AS IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN CREATES FARMWORKER SHORTAGE, FARMERS FORCED TO HIRE EXPENSIVE CONTRACTORS.
The United States has been a lot warmer than most years, and that leads to an early harvest. This means that farmers are going to need to hire help a bit sooner than expected—that is, if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) left anyone to hire.
President Trump’s crackdown on immigration, he claims, is because Hispanic immigrants are “stealing jobs.” But when it comes to agriculture, most Americans don’t want to work in the fields.
Farmers from Talent, Oregon say that they have tried hiring more domestic labor for over a decade, but it never seems to work out. So, they’ve hired immigrants. “When you need pear pickers you take anyone that you can get,” Ron Meyer, a third-generation owner of Meyer Orchards, said
Between Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration and Americans’ apathy to work on farms, Meyer Orchards are having trouble finding workers for the first time in 108 years. Meyer says, “The borders are better protected now, so the illegal workers don’t come in like they did at one time.”
And this is where Trump’s war on immigration comes full circle. Talent farmers are actually bringing workers in from Mexico and South America anyway. In fact, this is becoming standard practice. One migrant network estimates that there are as many as 2.7 million migrant workers in the United States.
Thanks to Trump, these farmers are having to pay more money for hired help, and are still getting workers from the same countries. All he managed to do is hurt their bottom line.
Estados Unidos ha sido mucho más cálido que la mayoría de los años, y eso lleva a una cosecha temprana. Esto significa que los agricultores necesitarán contratar ayuda un poco antes de lo esperado, es decir, si el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) detuviera a cualquiera.
La represión del presidente Trump contra la inmigración, afirma, se debe a que los inmigrantes hispanos están “robando trabajos”. Pero cuando se trata de agricultura, la mayoría de los estadounidenses no quieren trabajar en el campo.