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Trump Mass Deportation Policy Destabilizing Workers, Farms, and Farming Communities Across the Nation

The Trump Administration’s hastily written, ill-advised executive orders on immigration have had many unintended consequences, including on the tourism industry and across farming communities and the agricultural sector. Over half of all United States farm workers are undocumented, according to the U.S. Department of Labor; over 8 million undocumented immigrants contribute to America’s workforce, according … Continue reading »

New Research: Quotes from Farmers on Why Immigrants and Farm Workers Are So Important to US Businesses, Economy

Quotes from farmers about immigrants here Last week, Democratic Senators Feinstein (CA), Leahy (VT), Bennet (CO), Hirono (HI), and Harris (CA) introduced the Agricultural Worker Program Act, a new piece of legislation designed to protect farm workers from deportation and put them on a path to citizenship. It’s an important proposal for immigrant laborers who do … Continue reading »

Horse Trainers, Tourist Spots, Farmers Agree: Immigrant Labor Shortage Harming American Businesses

The famous Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, but behind the pageantry and horse racing will be an industry that is struggling with a painful and damaging immigrant labor shortage. Also highlighted below are stories about how Cape Cod businesses won’t have enough immigrants for the summer tourist season — and how a deepening labor shortage in California may … Continue reading »

ProPublica: Case Farms Chicken Plants Are Factories of Abuse

Tramonte and Leopold: Trump Administration Enables Abusers With Tactic of “Deportation Intimidation” Cleveland, OH — Michael Grabell at ProPublica, an organization for independent investigative journalism, published a new piece highlighting the depth of exploitation that immigrant workers are experiencing at Case Farms chicken processing plants in Ohio and North Carolina. “The story of Osiel López Pérez … Continue reading »

Immigrants Contribute to the Economy – 1,500 Economists Say So

Today, nearly 1,500 economists sent a letter to Donald Trump and top Congressional leaders highlighting how immigrants contribute to the economy and urging Congress to pass immigration reform. Economists: immigrants contribute to the economy As the letter said: Immigration is one of America’s significant competitive advantages in the global economy. With the proper and necessary safeguards … Continue reading »

From the Census to Border Patrol to International Scholars: More Consequences of Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda

Trump’s travel ban and immigration crackdown are having wide-ranging effects, from dampening travel into the US to causing labor shortages on US farms to damaging the relationship between local law enforcement agencies and immigrant communities. Today, here’s another roundup of even more consequences of Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Customs and Border Patrol have more power to abuse We’ve … Continue reading »

The Intrusive and Extensive Overreach of Trump’s Anti-immigrant Agenda

Republicans are supposed to be the party of small government — though apparently not when they’re the ones in power, or when it comes to targeting immigrants. As Donald Trump’s immigration and mass deportation agenda takes shape, one recurring theme is its heavy-handedness, extensive overreach, and use of government intrusion to force its way into cities, … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “How Trump’s Travel Ban Would Hurt the People Who Voted For Him”

Rural America relies on foreign doctors for care; Trump’s travel ban would keep these doctors out As we highlighted yesterday, Trump’s cruel, costly, and chaotic immigration policies are having tidal wave effects across the country. In a new analysis for Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” entitled “How Trump’s travel ban would hurt the people who voted … Continue reading »

Trump Winery Can’t Find American Workers, Applies for 29 H-2A Visas

We’ve spent a lot of time writing about the impact of Trump’s immigration agenda on immigrant agricultural workers, how these workers do jobs that Americans don’t want to do, and how the agricultural industry suffers whenever there’s a crackdown on immigrants. The latest person to learn this lesson seems to be Eric Trump, who owns Trump Winery in Virginia … Continue reading »