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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.
To your face they'll say oh, it's just so terrible that ICE is doing raids!

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.
They know their biz model can't survive w/o threat of deportation. So instead of fixing their biz model, they vote for ICE raids.

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.
Historians of slavery, business, & conservatism like @CC_Rosenthal, @KeriLeighMerrit, @KevinMKruse this may be up your alley. Politically-connected farmers voting in a police state to serve their labor needs, while insisting it's terrible, in real time.…
Again: there's something extra messed up w the dairies @RyanLizza interviewed. H2A visas exist, & it's easiest to get them if you need/can employ workers year-round- which these dairies totally do. Political connections also help Yet they're leaving it on the table. Wut.
My guess is they won't use H2A visas bc those require employers to show they're paying the same wages US workers would get for the equivalent job.

Which tells you what real problem is: their business are failing, & instead of copping to it, they take it out on workers.
Is the dairy industry having a rough time right now? Yes. Is it in what may be a long-term, irreversible decline? Yup.

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.
But learning how to grow new things is a pain in the ass.

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.
Anyway, it's great that we're having a real talk about farm labor right now.

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.
Ag is a giant sector of our economy that's a hall of mirrors. Most of what you see is distorted.

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.
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