Today, hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Mexico and Central America are doing that work. By the Department of Agriculture’s estimates, about half the country’s field hands — more than a million workers — are undocumented. Growers and labor contractors estimate that the real proportion is closer to 75 percent.
Suddenly, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, these “illegal” workers have been deemed “essential” by the federal government.
For decades America’s immigration policy has been a wink and a nod agreement with those that kept America fed. There are many reasons for this, but they are mostly economical. If you keep people undocumented they could not complain that they were being mistreated including being paid under minimum wage. Well in the most American way this just worked. That was until the country elected a racist demagogue. Now the industries that supported the party of the president because they enjoyed paying low wages and low taxes have a problem, and if you eat food so do you.