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'They’re living rural, but they’re not living an agriculture mind-set': Farm towns with new priorities reject meatpackinghttps://t.co/Fsdzwp9xbn— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 29, 2017
James Williams 8 hours agoNo mention in the article that most of the packing-house employees tend to be low wage, uneducated (ie, average 6th grade) non-English speaking immigrants. The community with the hog processing plant in the next county over from mine can attest to how much the nature of their small rural town has changed.Sure, the plant "supports" the local school system... because the system is taxed trying to accommodate so many poor ESL kids.Alv Key 7 hours ago@James Williams It's true where I live. Tyson and Perdue have agreements with the state department to employ refugees when they first arrive. Nothing wrong with that though, because most Americans have a choice not to do that type of work. The Americans who take jobs as innards eviscerators and poultry hangers tend to be either people with criminal records, no high school diploma, or else they're out in remote areas where there's little else. Chicken packing is near the lowest rung of the US work ladder, right above goat herding and ditch maintenance.See previous letters from the same reader.