Saturday, November 19, 2016

Donald Trump's Deportation Plan Could Devastate The U.S. Farm Industry | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump's Deportation Plan Could Devastate The U.S. Farm Industry | The Huffington Post

The Labor Department estimates that about half of the nation’s 2.5 million farmworkers are undocumented. It’s unclear whether these laborers would be included in Trump’s mass deportation plan. The agricultural industry has said repeatedly that domestic workers show no interest in doing the jobs that immigrants and migrants do.

That uncertainty is already bothering many of these workers, according to Bruce Goldstein, executive director of Farmworker Justice, a nonprofit advocacy group that works to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

“These threats of deportation are causing them great anxiety,” Goldstein told The Huffington Post. “Farmworkers and their children are aware of these discussions and it makes them fearful for what’s going to happen. It would deprive them of jobs, split up their families and subject them to great harm.”

Many ag employers also appear to be feeling uneasy.

  

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