How one group of the underclass is swapped for another: Prisons Lease Convicts as Field Laborers as Anti-Immigration Policies Intesify

In this aerial view, combines harvest summer wheat at a cooperative farm on August 14th, 2015, near Grossderschau, Germany.

“As current anti-immigrant policies diminish the supply of migrant workers (both documented and undocumented), farmers are not able to find the labor they need. So, in states such as Arizona, Idaho, and Washington that grow labor-intensive crops like onions, apples, and tomatoes, prison systems have responded by leasing convicts to growers desperate for workers.”

This exposes how one underclass of workers is used to replace another in corporations’ drive to super-exploit workers. It’s time we come together to eliminate the racist laws that maintain an underclass of workers in our country.

Read more from the article here.

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