California farmers buying machinery to replace illegal aliens thanks to President Trump

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Days after Donald Trump won the White House vowing to deport millions of people in the country illegally and fortify the Mexican border, California farmer Kevin Herman ordered nearly $600,000 in new equipment, cutting the number of workers he’ll need starting with the next harvest.

Herman, who grows figs, persimmons and almonds in the nation’s most productive farming state, said Trump’s comments pushed him to make the purchase, larger than he would have otherwise.

“No doubt about it,” Herman said. “I probably wouldn’t have spent as much or bought as much machinery as I did.”


Think about that, the demand for equipment will spur manufacturing while simultaneously mitigating the illegal alien labour problem and the strain they place on state finances and tax payers.

Funny how a little incentive works to create a solution.

Of course as the article points out many still prefer their illegal labour to investing in equipment, and who can blame them for wanting to keep the free-ride they’ve enjoyed for so long.

h/t Exile

  • Exile1981

    Automation shows the lie of needing illegals and the crime they bring.

    • It certainly does.

    • Cheaper labour and more workers where they came from.

      Illegal immigration was an excuse to keep the slave trade running.

    • WalterBannon

      Automation shows the lie of needing all low skilled immigrants and refugees as well

  • Thinking From First Principles

    Read the article and it says everything you need to know:

    “Since Election Day, Garcia’s crews throughout the state have been asking
    what will happen to them when Trump takes office. Farmers also are
    calling to see if they’ll need to pay more to attract people to prune
    the vines, he said.”

    followed by

    “Roughly 325,000 workers in California do the back-breaking jobs that
    farmers say nobody else will do, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
    Statistics. Manuel Cunha Jr., president of the Nisei Farmers League
    farming association, estimates 85 percent of California farmworkers live
    in the United States illegally.”

    Wake up morons! People don’t want to do ‘back-breaking jobs’ for slave wages and the free market on labor may finally be allowed to work correctly such that you will “need to pay more to attract people.” There is always someone to do the job for a wage that they find fair, given the nature of the work. Let food prices rise to their real cost with living wages for the workers … not the unseen subsidies of health care, education, and social services for illegal immigrant wage slaves.

    And with all the self-storage units I see where people are putting the stuff that they have too much of, a rise in food prices will only cut into over-consumption of luxury goods.

    • Good points. I will have to look it up but studies have also shown that higher wages do not translate into 10 dollar oranges etc.

      • Thinking From First Principles

        I travel for work into some rural farm country, and in particular to some areas where there are no immigrants and minorities available to act as second-class wage slaves. And guess what? All the jobs are being done. Trash is collected, sewers and septic are cleaned, streets are swept, crops are planted and harvested, nursing homes have aides, etc. The market adjusts labor rates to a level people can live on especially well when the laborers aren’t seen as second-class citizens. All the work gets done, and the people doing the work are treated with the proper respect that comes with earning a legitimate living no matter what the job is. It bothers me to no end to see labor categories effectively being designated as ‘suitable for immigrants and minority wage slaves’ … which is really what “nobody else will do” is code for. It’s a pernicious bigotry supported by both crony capitalists (who like the low cost labor) and liberals (who like the identity politics they can leverage to get votes).

    • canminuteman

      The other thing that happens is there are tone of people being paid not to work. Why break your back for ten bucks an hour if you make 8 for not doing anything?

  • Dana Garcia

    Farm-bots are getting cheaper (as well as more capable) so that even small farmers are now able to afford helpful machines. Immigrants are becoming obsolete even in their signature industry — oh, well!

    http://www.limitstogrowth.org/articles/2016/09/13/advances-in-agricultural-robots-make-immigrant-farm-labor-obsolete/

    • Dana Garcia

      “But who will pick the strawberries?” is what we used to hear from open-borders types.

      Robots!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TMec-KyBzE

      • Amazing!

      • canminuteman

        The people who are sitting at home on welfare will pick the strawberries if welfare wasn’t so generous.

        • WalterBannon

          I picked berries one summer as a kid as part of the local farm labor pool (which did not seem to have any legal problem “exploiting” minors for labor back then) and it was hard work to do all day long, but then my parents had the crazy idea that children should develop a work ethic early and experience working on a farm like they had when they grew up

          • canminuteman

            Back in the old days people who lived in cities and worked in factories would go to the country to work on farms for a few weeks during the summer and they considered that their summer vacation.

    • Thanks.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Of course. And, by the way a huge field right now in robotics is figuring out how to build machines for specific crops that defeat the existing array of farm equipment. For example, fruit trees, avocados and raisin farming have historically frustrated all attempts at automation. But those days are coming to an end.

    Another area that technology is working in agriculture is satellite imagery and drones. Satellites can tell farmers the status of crops so they know and where to target specific activities. Drones can give them real time information with video on crop conditions, ground and soil conditions.

  • ntt1

    If a business continually hire illegals then why are the companies still allowed to do business?
    ,there should be an automatic lien placed against illegal hirers to offset cost of illegals to society.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Slightly off topic: Why are Maritimers allowed to work in seasonal industries and collect pogey once they get their weeks in for eligibility?

      • Alain

        It might have something to do with the feds killing the fishing industry.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I don’t know what killed that fishing industry.
          The only analogue that I have is the Icelandic diaspora who settled in towns like Gimli, Riverton and Hecla Island.
          They had a fishing industry, too.

  • The Butterfly

    Butterflies will never be out of business because beauty can’t be automated.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Yeah?
      I went home for the holidays and the huge number of dead cocoons under my eaves tells me some butterflies can’t even be bothered to get out of bed.

  • canminuteman

    With record low labour market participation there should be no shortage of people to work the fields.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    It was a shock to go to my neighbourhood McDonalds over the holidays to find a kiosk.