One ugly side effect of the continued conservative-driven war on immigration is a huge shortage of migrant workers that may cause most of many crops to simply rot and go unharvested. Already, some food prices on produce are becoming very steep such as cherries and tomatoes, as political conservatives continue to drive up food prices and create a climate of fear where undocumented migrant workers refuse to show up for jobs where immigration raids could be highly likely and their family torn apart by arrest and deportation of some family members.
Some produce such as tomatoes are now selling for a record $2.99 a pound. Many other agriculture products are hitting record price levels as well. In Portland, Oregon, The Daily Grind, a vegetarian grocery store recently had to raise the price of their vegan cherry pies from $8.50 to $9.50, largely because of the big increase in cherry prices. A local cherry farmer from neighboring Southwestern Washington state has only been able to find 10 workers to pick next week's cherry harvest, when at least 60 workers are needed for example. Most of these cherries might just rot on the vine because of a severe lack of migrant workers created by the climate of fear of an immigration raid because of political pressures from conservatives.
Conservatives often beat up on Democrats and liberals over the tax issue. Yet they never take responsibility for the big costs they bring on the general public through support for racist policies such as attacks on immigrant and migrant workers which is resulting in big price increases to grocery consumers.
NAFTA ruined the agricultural economy of Mexico and drove many Mexican farmers and farmworkers into extreme poverty as some wages declined by a third or more. Large American corporate farms dumped corn on the Mexican market at extremely low prices that ruined the price structure in Mexico, creating an economic crisis bringing many immigrants to the U.S. as a matter of their economic survival. Now conservatives are blocking work by migrant workers in the U.S. claiming that any moderation on immigration is "amnesty" for illegal workers, leaving millions of Mexican and South American economic refugees no economic alternative in their own country or in the U.S. as migrant workers.
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