The migrant policies of President Donald Trump are making ire of the liberals, and it is one of the much-discussed topics in the recent months. Though many believed initially that the tight migration policies would help the country, the current scenario shows a different story. Per the latest information, Rural Americans are facing a significant shortage of farm laborers due to the immigration crackdown. Due to the intensive amount of work required in fields, most Americans are not interested in taking up the job in farms. While people think that farm jobs are an unskilled job, the experts say that the truth is different.
Most orchard owners say that only skilled people can harvest the fruits and ensure the best return for their product. The orchard farms were mostly depending on immigrant labors, and now, most of the owners are struggling with the supply of laborers due to the migrant crackdown. The analysts note that it is not just limited to farming, but the food processing sector, including packing, faces the same fate. In July, six Hispanic workers of a fruit-packing firm in Pennsylvania were arrested by police and put them in the detention facility. This frightened the rest of the Hispanic workers, and they found to be fleeing. Since the autumn harvest is approaching, the lack of laborers is escalating in all the agriculture-related jobs and industries. The situation is very critical in Adams County of Pennsylvania, where large orchard farms are present. Interestingly, the county vehemently supported Trump in the Presidential election.
While these are impacts of unavailability of migrants, in most cases, the migrants face humiliation by the authorities. This leads most migrant rights issues to human and civil rights issues as well. There are many migrant and human rights organizations supporting them to save them from their struggles. It includes Amnesty International, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Migrant-Rights.org, and more. These organizations raise funds for migrants, support them from the torture of authorities, offer healthcare and financial aid, mobilizing campaigns for them, and more.
The initiatives of some individuals also have helped the migrants to a large extent. Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is an example of such initiative that helped many migrants and migrant organizations in Arizona. It was instituted by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the founders of Phoenix New Times, from the settlement amount they received for challenging their illegal arrest by Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff. The incident took place on October 18, 2007, as both the journalists arrested from their homes at midnight for publishing a grand jury procedure of asking editors’ notes detailing the Sheriff.
Additionally, the jury even used to ask the identity of such new readers. Considering their decades of fights for fundamental rights, both Larkin and Lacey sued the county at the U.S. Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals acquitted both of them and granted a settlement amount of $3.75 million. Both the journalists decided to utilize the settlement amount for the migrants and setup Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to support various migrants, human, and civil rights groups in Arizona by raising the need for civic participation and freedom of speech.