Monday, October 01, 2018

Immigration Hypocrisy - Nunez runs a dairy in Steve King's district & it employs illegal immigrants

This is one for the history books.

Deven "FBI-Hater" Nunez has a Dairy Farm in Iowa - in Steve "Immigrant Hater" King's district - and that farm like all American dairy and Ag businesses relies heavily on poorly paid illegal immigrants for labor.

A reporter who tried to dig around to find out more was run out of town by a posse led by Deven's family. The reporter was perplexed by the hypocrisy of the local dairy farmers who opposed Trump and Steve King's immigration curbs - but still continued to vote for both. 

I think the hypocrisy is familiar. 

In India they have thing called bonded labor - where a person is kept in permanent employment but enjoys no protections or prospect of social or economic movement. It is a form of slavery which no one has quite figured out how to eradicate. If a bonded laborer attempts to break out of this slavery - s/he is immediately arrested by the police on a trumped up charge and incarcerated until s/he pledges loyalty to the employer. The employee is only released on the employers word and unless the employee pledges a lifetime of servitude at whatever price the employer deems appropriate - there is no getting out of jail. On the face of it - all the employers want to look like they are keen to do the right thing and are opposed to bonded labor but below that carefully constructed facade - they all support the maximum exploitation of such bonded labor. 

I suspect that this is the system that the Trump voting dairy types would like to impose. The dairy industry is in dire straits (also true for most Agriculture in the US) - with global trade and rising production in other parts of the world - the prices of food are down. Gone are the days when Europe and Asia were in ruin - experiencing chronic shortages due to famines and the ravages of World War II. Gone also are the days when Africa was careening from one famine to another. The result is a price that is simply too low to permit profitable production.

The only option for US Ag is to depress price of farm labor, but given the scarcity of local labor at that price point - the only option is illegals from Mexico. But the price of the product is so low that even with the illegal labor - there is no way to keep the cost low enough. 

Unless that is the illegals would work for free - and what better way to do that than to criminalize their very existence. 

That IMHO is what is going on here. The entire "I don't agree with Trump on his immigration policy, he poses a threat to my livelihood but I still vote for him" only makes sense if 

a) You are a complete idiot who enjoys shooting yourself in the head (which begs the question how could you possibly still be alive?) or

b) You are just saying that to make it look like you don't want to be a slave owner. 

I am guessing given that these people are alive - it is the latter. 

The more I think about it - the more this immigration issue in the US seems similar in form and substance to the social hierarchy  ("caste") issue in India.


At 1:14 PM, Blogger Ralphy said...

just dairy? also restaurants, slaughter houses, janitorial services, and housing construction.
anywhere labor subcontractors are used. a huge portion of the economy.....

the 11 million illegal number is is at least double that.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Ralphy said...

the exception being hotel and restaurant workers in las vegas.....they are covered by union agreement with the casinos and they are all american citizens with health and pension benefits. go figure.....white people cleaning hotel rooms and busing restaurant tables.


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