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Unformatted text preview: bor laws with impunity. If the meatpacking
industry is allowed to continue its recruitment of poor, illiterate, often illegal immigrants, many other industries will soon follow its
example. The rise of a migrant industrial workforce poses a grave threat to democracy. Workers who are illegal immigrants cannot vote and
have little ability to defend their legal rights. Without the countervailing force of labor unions, companies will increasingly seek out and
exploit the most vulnerable members of society. As in the meatpacking industry, the progress made by American workers over the course of
a century will literally vanish overnight. The rural ghettos of Lexington and Greeley should not represent the future of America’s heartland.
Any reform of the current system of industrialized agriculture will have to address the needs of independent ranchers and farmers. They are
more than just a sentimental link to America’s rural past. They are a unique source of innovation and long-term stewardship of the land....
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- Spring '08