Vineyard labour – deportations v deposits


Pressures on those directly responsible for the California grape crop. 

Amid a tide of animosity focused on people of Mexican and Latin American descent in the US, the vineyard workers of the West Coast have recently brought in another harvest. Occasional labour shortages have had a perhaps surprising cause. Rather than dodging ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids, vineyard workers in Napa and Sonoma in particular are desperately seeking somewhere affordable to live. 

Anti-immigrant rhetoric hit fever pitch just before our mid-term elections, as President Trump and the Republican party fixated upon a caravan of Central American migrants making their...