WW2's Japanese internment.
AKA, Japanese internment was initiated by the California farm lobby.
White farmers had a choice: level up their game, or play dirty.
This is a classic move that those in the farm industry will still recognize.
-Austin E. Anson, Salinas Vegetable Grower-Shipper Association
Once internment started, food shortages quickly followed.
“Victory Gardens were the propagandistic answer to the chaos created by FDR’s roundup and imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans in early 1942.”
Like Japanese families in the early 20th century, a lot of US immigrant population today is families that came to work on farms. And they've been here just long enough to actually get established and really start building a life.
But we're at a demographic turning point where a critical mass of immigrant families have reached some upward mobility and established themselves en masse.
Most of the US thinks of "immigrant farm workers" as grunt labor. And yes, most of the brute force work on farms is done by Latinx immigrants.
I'm gonna tell you guys a secret. A lot US farmers don't actually know that much about farming. They know a lot about writing checks to Latinx contractors, who know how to farm.
Not the farmers, funnily enough. The actual farmers tend to be a lot more at peace with it than the rest of the rural/suburban white population.
That means to get anything done, you have to be able to give someone tools or a tractor and have a reasonable expectation that they'll use them for work. Instead of, say, murdering the foreman and running off.
I say this as someone who's personally supervised convict farm crews made of people in for minor drug charges. It's... just a mess all around.
And there's enough butthurt white people with "economic anxiety" to make that happen. Maybe.
Keep those calls to your reps coming, folks.