Suddenly, It's a National Emergency to Have More Immigrants

Mish

Hey, immigrants, we temporarily need you.

Let's compare Trump in August of 2019 to today. 

August 2019

Please recall ICE Arrests Hundreds in Mississippi Raids Targeting Immigrant Workers

In a coordinated sting, more than 600 agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement showed up at the sites with federal warrants that allowed them to search the premises. About 680 immigrants who were believed to be working without legal documentation were apprehended and taken away on buses.

Three poultry plants that are owned and operated by Peco Foods in three towns, and a fourth run by Koch Foods, in Morton, Miss., were among the facilities raided on Wednesday.

It's Immigrants Who Pack Your Meat 

The Atlantic reports It’s Immigrants Who Pack Your Meat.

The immigration raid last week at seven poultry plants in rural Mississippi was a perfect symbol of the Trump administration’s racism, lies, hypocrisy, and contempt for the poor. It was also a case study in how an industry with a long history of defying the law has managed to shift the blame and punishment onto workers.

Planned for more than a year, the raid involved at least 600 agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, helicopters, and a staging area at a local National Guard base. The agents carried handguns, wore black body armor, and led 680 immigrant workers—almost all Latino, many of them women—to waiting buses with their hands zip-tied behind their backs. One worker, an American citizen, was shot with a Taser for resisting arrest. Children gathered outside the poultry plants crying as their parents were taken away and sent to private prisons; other kids sat in classrooms and at day-care centers, unaware that their families were being torn apart. It was the first week of school.

What Happened?

Trump set up a sting by posting help wanted ads for meat packing plants. When people applied they were arrested, then deported, even separated from their kids.

Meatpacking Work Conditions

Meatpacking remains an unusually dangerous and unpleasant occupation, with an injury rate much higher than that of other manufacturing jobs. Poultry workers stand close to one another with sharp knives, repeating the same motion again and again more than 15,000 times in a single shift, slicing birds as they pass on conveyor belts every two seconds. A 2013 investigation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that 42 percent of the workers at a poultry plant in South Carolina were suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. The work is bloody, difficult, and full of potential harms.

April 2020

Suddenly we have a national emergency. 

Covid-19 has shut meatpacking plants. Those plants are perfect breeding ground for the coronavirus.

Using a Korean War "Defense Protection Act" Trump Orders Meat Packing Plants to Stay Open

Four Questions

  1. OK, Trump can force the plants to stay "open", but open for what?
  2. Can Trump send in qualified workers to run the plants?
  3. Can Trump force the existing workers to show up?
  4. If not, will Trump show up himself and do the work?

Two Bonus Questions

  1. Rather than thumping his chest and making demands on workers, wouldn't a softer approach been better?
  2. How many workers will this piss off enough to cause them to vote Democratic?

All of a sudden we need workers. 

Stability of the Global Food System Relies on Immigrants

Quartz reports Stability of the Global Food System Relies on Immigrants

The global food system as it operates today relies on immigrant labor to run smoothly, and the pandemic is emphasizing the risk of undervaluing that work.

At a Smithfield Foods-owned meatpacking plant in South Dakota, employees told Buzzfeed News that many of the plant’s 3,700 workers are immigrant workers. That plant was among the 17 that have so far closed since the middle of April, including plants operated by Tyson Foods, JBS USA, and National Beef Packing. Collectively, those shuttered plants supply the US with about 25% of its meat. 

New Question Today

Q. Will Trump and ICE look away? 
A: Of, course 

Trump Gambles on Immigrant Workers

Politico reports Trump Gambles on Immigrant Workers

The Trump administration is still soliciting immigrants for specific jobs despite droves of Americans filing for unemployment.

It is easing requirements for immigrants to get jobs as farm workers, landscapers and crab pickers, aware that industries, including those that fill grocery store shelves, could be hurt if they couldn’t hire foreign employees.

And until facing criticism this week, it had been moving ahead with a 35,000-person increase in the number of seasonal workers in part for expected job openings at resorts and golf courses after the pandemic releases its grip on the economy.

There’s still a need for these types of workers,” said one business industry representative in touch with the administration.

"These Types" vs "Those Types"

It's now a national emergency to have more of "these types" of immigrant workers.

Of course, we have to keep Trump's golf courses open. 

Golf is a clearly a national emergency worthy of invoking the Korean War Defense Act.

That's what makes resort workers part of "these types" as opposed to "those types"

Food Rotting in the Fields But Shortages in the Stores

Meanwhile, please note Food Rotting in the Fields But Shortages in the Stores.

Mish

Comments (78)
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CA2020
CA2020

Ok Trumptards get to defending!

rob_abides
rob_abides

Trump and ICE will look away.

Until they don't, again.

wootendw
wootendw

I have not heard Trump say he opposes immigration - just illegal immigration.

Jdog1
Jdog1

You know Mish, you are pretty smart when it comes to economics but dumber that a rock when it comes to politics.

1st, these are not " immigrants who were believed to be working without legal documentation" they were illegal immigrants who broke our immigration laws by illegally entering our country.

  1. The global food system does not rely on immigrant labor to run smoothly, it relies on immigrant labor to maximize profit. Many of these employers conspire to break US laws to smuggle these workers.

  2. How many workers will this piss off enough to cause them to vote Democratic?
    The workers in question are all Democratic voters anyway including the illegals.
    The Democratic party has sold out the American workers in favor of globalization, illegal immigration, and the replacement of the United States as the worlds economic leader in favor of China. The Democratic party is now the party of China and works in everything it does to further the Chinese agenda including flooding America with illegal immigrants.

randocalrissian
randocalrissian

15,000 repeated motions per shift? How is this work not outsourced to the machines already?

njbr
njbr

I thought there were millions of people eager to get back to work...I guess just not like that and there..

davebarnes2
davebarnes2

I favor Open Borders.
Let's abolish ICE.

amigator
amigator

Raise the wages and charge more for the meat. Set the wages it to keep Americans working! Unfair to pay illegal immigrants such a low wage because why? Its worth it for them to be here? That system does not work. You can see it failing now.

Blurtman
Blurtman

Brilliant! Let's undercut wages for Americans, hire illegals, pay them shite and no benefits, so we can all save a few bucks on the products. We have met the enemy and he is the greedy, short-sighted, us

Maxx2000
Maxx2000

Mish, we don't "need immigrants" we need to set up a system that treats workers well. OF COURSE it will cost more for a package of chicken. I bet it's less than a buck more per 2 lb package. I will happily pay a little more to know it wasn't slave torture labor produced. Heartless robber barons will squawk. That's where we really need govt help. Jeez, politicians really suck.

CzarChasm-Reigns
CzarChasm-Reigns

Today's doublespeak translation: essential worker = expendable worker.

Soup To Nutsy: "No 2-week decline in stats, plentiful PPE or abundant testing for you."

Carl_R
Carl_R

I worked in a meat packing plant 40 years ago, so I have a bit of an idea what goes on in there. It was hard work then, and I'm sure it is hard work now, though it is probably more automated now. In my nine weeks before the plant closed, they hired an average of 2 people a day. Every couple of days one would come back from the first break, and about 1 a week would come back for the second day. Only two people hired after I was stayed a whole week, so 2 of 90 people.

Also, yes, the knives are sharp. There was not one person who worked there who had not cut themselves at least once, either before I was there, or while I was. I was the only one who didn't take stitches, though I still have a 3/8 long scar near my belly button to remember it by. I barely felt the cut, but a lot of blood came out. Yes, we had protective gear, but your knife occasionally finds gaps in the gear. The guy next to me one day was struggling, and I tried his knife, and it was way too dull. I loaned him my spare, and set to sharpening his. Next thing I knew, he slit his wrist (between the plastic arm guard and the chain link glove), and blood was spurting everywhere. That was his last day on the job, and the last time I sharpened a knife for anyone else. (He was one of the two that had lasted a week).

Yes, the air in there is very cold, and very dry, perfect for spreading Coronavirus. It is kept just over freezing. You don't wear a coat, other than a butcher frock, so you work hard to stay warm, that makes you breath deeply, which probably helps you get infected.

I'm sure that the turnover is still high. That poses a special problem at the moment not mentioned above. Unemployment is currently paying $600/week more than normal, and the requirement that you have to look for work is waived. I doubt these plants are getting any applicants at all.

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

Where is your orange wall messiah now? The orange money messiah seems to have disappeared...now this? Oh and the orange deficit messiah disappeared too.

samesnake
samesnake

The nation can get by with no immigrants right now while slowly re-opening, this kind of hyperbole is boring....its why I haven't been here since CR days...

Trump has no issue with immigrants, its the illegal ones, from all over the world.....
the liberal left, hypocrites of the highest order seem to covet illegal aliens more than taking care of inner city youth, vets and seniors...I've offered everyone $50-$100 to show me a receipt for schooling, feeding housing, policing, legal hogwash and caring for them....not one has come up with a receipt........so enough with the sheeple talk...get back to Mish talk....

Right now there is a pandemic, we need no more, if Obozo doesn't change amnesty and deportation laws with executive order we could all save 300 billion a year....I would love to pull out the treasure chest of links and laws changed to accommodate 20 million broke, illiterate and non assimilating illegal alien families by czar 44

samesnake
samesnake

Mish tries to paint one party different when they are just 2 heads of the same snake....its boring...the issue has been here for a long time....bring back the bracero program, it worked fine.....

davebarnes2
davebarnes2

We are going to need more immigrants long term.

U.S. Marriage Rate Plunges to Lowest Level on Record

The U.S. marriage rate fell 6% in 2018, with 6.5 new unions formed for every 1,000 people, according to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics. That was the lowest rate since the federal government began keeping data in 1867,

Jdog1
Jdog1

Rising population only serves the business owners who's profits demand constant growth. Regular working people benefit from a lower supply of labor raising the value of labor and giving them a bigger share of the pie. The Democrats claim to be working in favor of the working people, but they are really working on behalf of the Corporations and Illegal aliens. They are in fact, screwing real American workers.

yaun
yaun

No worries, if the wall has to be torn down, Mexico is going to pay for it.


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