One of the farmers straight-up told @RyanLizza "if they were legal we'd have to pay them more."
If you're confused on why farmers keep voting for bad immigration policy (even though they swear they "don't agree,") that's it right there.
But if it weren't for threat of deportation, farmworkers would actually be able to fight for higher pay.
Deep down, farmers know this. If you watch what they DO, instead of what they say, that's clear.
Then they cringe and fuss about how dreadful it all is.
They can't even sack up to be proper bastards about it. It's chickenshit all the way down.
Which tells you what real problem is: their business are failing, & instead of copping to it, they take it out on workers.
But. Do farmers w the resources to move their giant farm across the continent, also have the resources to just grow something else with better prospects? Yes.
It's easier to just cheat immigrants & wrap the entire country's immigration policy around your fucked-up business model than it is to take responsibility for yourself & switch to a commodity that's not in decline.
The two-faced nature of farming is new & shocking to a lot of folks. But it's my daily reality. Working in ag means wading through lies. I'm sick and tired of it.
It makes it SO MUCH MORE WORK to do everything. To make every decision, to carry it out, & to see if it worked or not.
Ag carries this huge burden of extra work with it everywhere.