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California's agricultural sector depends almost exclusively on immigrants. Photo Archive.
California's agricultural sector depends almost exclusively on immigrants. Photo Archive.

In the anti-immigrant era, everyone drinks from the same chalice

California's agricultural industries like winemakers fear a reduction in their workforce due to the fear the Trump administration has imposed on immigrants.

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In California, which is about to become the first state sanctuary of the American union, the fear of mass deportations could affect agricultural industries that use the immigrant labor force.

At least that's what many winemakers are afraid of, according to the New York Times. They are already expecting a reduction in their workforce during the next harvest.

The turmoil that the Trump administration has implemented would be driving away thousands of rural workers, a hard blow to a state whose agrarian industry relies heavily on immigration: two-thirds of California's rural workers are undocumented immigrants, according to the article.

The effects of Trump's anti-immigrant speech - whose campaign promised to expel the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants and whose executive orders in principle aim at deporting between three and four million people, it’s affecting sectors of the US economy such as agriculture, technology and tourism, recently resentful of the ill-fated migrant vetoes of citizens of Muslim countries.

Philadelphia is no stranger to the effects of fear. Several South City restaurant owners and businesses have said they have seen a reduction in their sales because their Latino and Asian neighbors now prefer to save money and avoid exposing themselves to unnecessary risks in the street.

While the New York Times is wondering about the effects that the sudden shortage of labor might have on the quality of California wines, we ask ourselves about the quality of life of millions of undocumented workers who, in their poor working conditions, now amount to a kind of forced unemployment.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez is right when he says that the goal of the anti-immigrant speech is to implant the fear in the communities to force them to leave the country "voluntarily."

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