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22 January, 2024

What’s behind the farm worker shortage that’s driving up food prices?

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Farm worker shortage drives up food prices

Who pays for political stunts? You do. Think about that the next time you buy groceries!

Blocking immigration reform to score political points has a price. So does creating chaos at the border to rile up your supporters. Who pays for the price for the MAGA clown caucus? We all do. A shortage of farm workers is hurting American farmers and driving up food prices.

See how on this StoryMap which shows the number of farm workers in every state and congressional districts. The StoryMap also has the phone number for your MAGA rep and Senator. Call them with one click to ask why they are driving up the price of your food bill?

MAGA Republicans create farm worker shortage driving up food prices

New MAGA immigration law creates 'panic' in agriculture community

"... wide-ranging impact on industries vital to Florida's economy. Some farm workers are already too scared to go to work and are considering leaving the state, which could cause a huge staffing crisis for Florida agriculture."
- Tougher penalties for knowingly hiring or transporting undocumented in the state 
- E-Verify employment screening for new hires at businesses with 25 or more employees
- Florida hospitals will collect immigration status and the state will no longer recognize outside driver licenses for undocumented.
- Florida's migrant relocation program also gets another $12 million after previously flying nearly 50 undocumented from Texas to Martha's Vineyard. 

However, from farming to construction, the law is expected to have a wide-ranging impact on a number of industries vital to Florida's economy. Some farm workers are already too scared to go to work and are considering leaving the state, which could cause a huge staffing crisis for Florida agriculture." -  WPTV

Greg Abbott and Ken Paxton create farm worker shortage to score political points

Hurts American farmers

"Critics believe both facets of the GOP legislation could hurt American farmers if adopted. According to federal data compiled in 2022, some 86 percent of agricultural workers in the United States are foreign-born, while just under half of all U.S. agricultural workers are undocumented... Many of those undocumented migrants are living in red states. According to a 2019 survey from the Pew Research Center, one-third or more of the migrant population in 19 agriculture-dominant states like South Carolina, Idaho, Arkansas and Nebraska were undocumented, helping underpin lawmakers' relatively moderate positions on immigration there." - Newsweek

Tony Gonzales creates farm worker shortage to score political points.

How to lower your grocery bill

It's past time for immigration reform to grow our economy and help farmers and farm workers. Michael Bennett's  #AffordableAndSecureFoodAct will:
- Lower food costs for families
- Reduce labor costs for farmers and ranchers
- Provide a pathway to legal status for undocumented farm workers

MAGA Clown Caucus creates chaos to score political points

TakeAway: Tired of high grocery prices and MAGA clowns creating chaos? Vote for responsible governing. Vote for President Biden and Democrats.

DISCLAIMER: ALTHOUGH THE DATA FOUND IN THIS BLOG AND INFOGRAPHIC HAS BEEN PRODUCED AND PROCESSED FROM SOURCES BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED CAN BE MADE REGARDING THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, LEGALITY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY SUCH INFORMATION. THIS DISCLAIMER APPLIES TO ANY USES OF THE INFORMATION WHETHER ISOLATED OR AGGREGATE USES THEREOF.

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