US farmers, desperate for help, increasingly turn to Mexico
#TIA – Trump wants a wall. These American farmers just need help to stay in business.
“The apple trees were heavy with fruit, and the rows and rows of tomatoes, squash, and hot peppers were ripe for picking. But in the end, Gary and Patty Bartley, prizewinning farmers in western Michigan, had to leave $200,000 to $300,000 worth of their crops to rot in their fields last year.
They couldn’t find enough people to pick everything.
That was not for lack of trying. They had urged their domestic migrant workers to return, but only 12 did – about a third of the crew size they needed. The Bartleys placed ads in papers out of state and advertised all season with the Michigan state workforce development agency. Not a single person applied.”
Read more at The Christian Science Monitor