And then there is the reality.
The reality that the flow of labor from Mexico to the US has slowed.
While this president and his minions live in their world of alternative facts, people and businesses that rely on the flow of labor from Mexico know better. Like the agriculture business in California:
the $47-billion agriculture industry is trying to bring technological innovation up to warp speed before it runs out of low-wage immigrant workers.Build the wall, stupid president, before the immigrant workers rush back to Mexico!
California will have to remake its fields like it did its factories, with more machines and better-educated workers to labor beside them, or risk losing entire crops, economists say.
“We don’t see — no matter what happens — that the labor problem will be solved,” said Soren Bjorn, president of Driscoll’s of the Americas.Not really news to us who have been following this for years. There is no way to update the president and his minions unless "fox and friends" does a special show to highlight this issue. But, don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen!
That’s because immigrant farmworkers in California’s agricultural heartlands are getting older and not being replaced. After decades of crackdowns, the net flow across the U.S.-Mexico border reversed in 2005, a trend that has accelerated through 2014, according to a Pew Research Center study. And native-born Americans aren’t interested in the job, even at wages that have soared at higher than average rates.
“We’ve been masking this problem all these years with a system that basically allowed you to accept fraudulent documents as legal, and that’s what has been keeping this workforce going,” said Steve Scaroni, whose Fresh Harvest company is among the biggest recruiters of farm labor. “And now we find out we don’t have much of a labor force up here, at least a legal one.”
So, how is the ag industry preparing for this? One word: Robots!
I have written in plenty about this. Like this post from a few weeks ago, in the context of the apple industry.
I will reiterate my lines from an oped of mine:
We the people need to try to understand such complexities in a rapidly evolving global economic geography. And, more importantly, we will need political leaders who can articulate constructive policy responsesThis president ain't one of those political leaders! Nor are his enablers in the Geriatrics Only Party!