birds eating grapesIf you care about wine and food you should care about this issue.

“President” Trump has begun to carry out his campaign promise of deporting millions of undocumented workers. Here’s some facts he probably doesn’t know:

The statistics:

There are 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, of which 5.8 million (52 percent) are Mexican (down from 12 million in 2009). Source: Department of Homeland Security.

The highest percentage, about 16 percent, of all undocumented immigrants work in the agriculture industry. Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Without undocumented immigrants in the workforce, fruit production would decline by 30 to 61 percent. Source: American Farm Bureau Federation.

The “idea” behind this brutal policy is to save jobs for American workers. Here are some more facts he probably doesn’t know.

In 2011, the North Carolina Growers Association had 6,500 farm jobs available, all of them in or next to counties with unemployment rates greater than 10 percent. Only 268 of the roughly 500,000 unemployed applied. Fully 90 percent of them were hired, but only 163 showed up to work on the first day, and only seven workers completed the growing season. Source: Joint report of the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Center for Global Development.

Your beloved bottle of Chardonnay will soon skyrocket in price if you can find it at all since the grapes will now be picked by birds.