U.S. farmers became dependent on Mexican workers, and this continued into the Great Depression.
ADADBut many farmers had little incentive to recruit through the official channels when undocumented workers were available.
The flow of those workers continued unabated even as anti-immigrant sentiment rose among politically powerful white suburbanites in the 1990s.
Yet as undocumented workers faced greater difficulty reaching U.S. farms because of border enforcement, farmers’ use of the H-2A and H-2B programs jumped.
That’s why in good economic times and bad, welcoming times and anti-immigrant times, farmers whatever their politics have done what it takes to keep the immigrant faucet open.