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Love how America still can't pencil out who all these "high school grads who make $90K a year, insist that racism is made up, and really love ICE raids" are

and yes btw these data also show us the hand-wringing over Oppressed Poultry Farmers is 90% fiction

it's amazing what happens when you look up numbers instead of anecdotes
to be clear: there are poultry farmers who are getting fuuuuuuuuucked by poultry contracts

and they're a slim minority of overall poultry growers.

There are a LOT of farmers out there who have no interest in changing the tournament pricing system, bc they're winning it.
Got lots of replies innocently asking "but why do farmers like ICE raids? Don't they hire immigrants?"

That's it exactly why they like ICE raids though.
Immigration for farm work has been slowing down since 2008.

That means farm wages have been going UP.

Cue "economic anxiety." What's the whole point of hiring undocumented immigrants? YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH PAYING THEM NOTHING. But that edge started going away in 2008.
If farm workers can demand higher wages due to scarcity, that fucks with your business model.

That's bc your business model was built on the idea that there would *always* be someone so scared of being replaced and/or deported that they'd take shit wages.
"But don't immigration crackdowns make labor shortages WORSE?" you're asking.

You sweet, summer child. You're thinking like someone who sees & cares about systems. A sucker who has to adapt to the outside world, instead of just terraforming it to be how you want it.
Imagine you're someone with a shitty business model, and it's falling apart because all your workers are like "pay me more or I'm leaving bro."

Are you really going to say to yourself "You know what the world needs? MORE of these guys"

You're gonna say to yourself "My gawd farm workers are uppity these days. Someone should teach them a lesson!"

Then, bc every ag county has at least 5 big farmers w the sheriff, state legislator, congressman, & both senators on speed dial, local enforcement starts to crack down.
And when the next presidential election rolls around, you bet your ass that someone running on a "we should lock up the Mexicans" ticket is gonna get real popular real fast

with the folks who were already telling their local officials just that.
Did you ever notice how ICE raids only ever seem to happen in

1) cities, where there are no farm workers


2) farms & food plants where farm workers just landed a labor rights victory?


ICE raids are just a protection racket for good ol boys.

Terrorizing workers is THE REASON that white business owners voted for Trump.

And it's criminal that we can't admit that.

We're still blaming him on "the working class."
Pro tip: when 45's biggest fans are folks mysteriously making $90K+ per year on a high school education, & they tell you it's because of "economic anxiety," YOU OUGHTA KNOW SOMETHING'S UP.

This is not workers scared of being outcompeted.

This is bosses scared of having to pay.
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