May 16, 2018

DUDES, YOU VOTED FOR RACIAL HYGIENE:

Trump-voting crab town left shell-shocked by his visa changes (Kendall Breitman, May.15.2018, NBC)

HOOPERS ISLAND, Md. -- This community voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. But now his immigration changes are killing its livelihood -- legendary crabs that are a mainstay of the local economy and a regional delicacy.

For decades, Hoopers Island, known for its crabbing industry, has relied on a federal seasonal work program -- known as H-2B visas -- to keep its businesses humming. This has allowed employers to hire foreigners, mostly Mexican women, to come temporarily to pick crab meat.

But this year, the cap on H-2B visas -- and a shift from the first-come, first-served based model to a lottery system that has disadvantaged Hoopers Island seasonal workers -- has left the island without 40 percent of the visas they have needed in the past.

Hate won't feed the family, eh?

Posted by at May 16, 2018 4:04 AM

  

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