Out here in the country, you get a unique view of what the Chumph’s Storm Troopers have done relative to immigration.
You see…Any crop that can’t be picked by machine is picked by…”illegal” immigrants. Migrant workers.
The above picture is of a local tomato field. It is owned by one of major food producers, Del Monte. This is a large field, I would guess in the 150 acre+ range, normally containing about 3 million tomato plants. The tomatoes grown here go in everything from your spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, and any other product using a tomato puree.
Normally in this part of the world, they plant two crops of tomatoes on these fields, and by July 4th are harvesting the “spring” crop. There was no spring crop this year. What you are looking at is the long rows of plastic mulch protecting the little tomato plants which are spaced every foot or so. Here is another view.
Noooooo tomatoes! You see, special tractors groom the land, pile the dirt into those long straight mounds, and cover the rows for the plants in plastic.
Then crews of several hundred migrant workers use a little tool which punches through the plastic and plants the baby plants one at a time, a foot apart all the way down that long strip of plastic. When the plants get about a foot tall, the crews come back and insert a tomato stake next to each plant and tie the plant to the stake with a twist tie.
Small problem this year…
No migrant workers.
So Delmonte has lost one crop…And is pretty close to losing a second – wiping out the whole year.
This is a Chumph world with no “Mexicans” (Most of the current Migrant workers aren’t from Mexico, they are from further South, places like El Salvador or Guatemala).
It is the same all over, as I see other food producer fields either fallow, or turned over to machine crops like corn or soy.
So when conservative blowhards like Rich Lowery announce – Trump Is Winning the Immigration Debate …
It’s kinda funny. Tell me that again when product shortages drive the cost of a can of diced tomatoes from $0.99 to $4.00. And that bottle of Ragu starts costing $5.00 this fall.
Just a hint, but you may want to stock up now.