The Obvious Consequence Of Trump’s Immigration Policy That No One’s Talking About

I can’t be the only one who’s noticed that most discussion of Trump’s proposed immigration policies falls in one of two categories: moral outrage, and handwringing about cost and logistics.

But how would such policies affect our economy, and more specifically, our pocketbooks?

Voices have popped up to consider the economic repercussions of Trump’s immigration ideas, but they haven’t been as ubiquitous as those focused on condemnation and skepticism.

Most talk about how Trumpism would derail our financial fortunes lumps his immigration policies in with his ideas on trade, tax cuts, spending, and deregulation. And in such discussions, the outcomes people are looking at are usually economy-wide, not what will happen to our consumer bank accounts.

But we should be talking about this, because there is a real and direct causation between what Trump is proposing on immigration and the price of the things we need to buy every day.

And that is because the people who Trump wants to disallow or deport make up a majority of those who grow our food. At least 60 percent of agricultural workers are undocumented, according to Southern Poverty Law Center.

Katherine Gustafson , CONTRIBUTOR
I write on food and farming, from absinthe to aquaculture.

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

US presidential candidate Donald Trump in Mexico City on August 31, 2016. (Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

I can’t be the only one who’s noticed that most discussion of Trump’s proposed immigration policies falls in one of two categories: moral outrage, and handwringing about cost and logistics.

But how would such policies affect our economy, and more specifically, our pocketbooks?

Voices have popped up to consider the economic repercussions of Trump’s immigration ideas, but they haven’t been as ubiquitous as those focused on condemnation and skepticism.

Most talk about how Trumpism would derail our financial fortunes lumps his immigration policies in with his ideas on trade, tax cuts, spending, and deregulation.

By Katherine Gustafson for Forbes
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