This is a sharp reminder that solving the problem of illegals has always been completely possible. You must tackle demand. So long as one single farmer can use deeply discounted labor to operate profitably, he alone forces every other farmer to follow suit at the same price.
The same holds for every industry and for the application of minimum wage. So long as we refuse to attack the customers we will have illegals happy to work at those wages. A mandatory one year in jail may well be the only answer as well.
The problem is not getting better so long as we allow the labor to be used, It will mean a significant jump in food costs but that will accelerate the shift in agriculture to better practices. We brag about our industrialization of agriculture but that has been mostly mythological. It is still drudgery to bring in most of the crop and these people need to be properly paid..
Can’t Make Illegals Leave the Country? Eisenhower Did…3 Million of Them
Eisenhower saw only one solution. Send them back to Mexico and other countries. Eisenhower was also aware that farmers making huge profits by using illegal labor had the kind of money to buy politicians (Comcast, Microsoft and Google?) They were loathe to give up their profits. Eisenhower did not pander to the farmers for huge campaign contributions:
Ike appointed a former West Point classmate and soldier, Joseph “Jumping Joe” Swing to head the INS. Lyndon Johnson and Pat McCarran, democrat senators were for open borders and they had allies in strategic offices in the INS. Swing lived up to his name and jumped right out of the chute and he transferred all of Johnson’s cronies away from the border and into jobs where they couldn’t influence policy.