Interestingly, many people who supported President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election have regrets as Trump’s policies are wreaking havoc on their businesses.
Take for instance, in Hoopers Island, Maryland, where Trump was massively supported to win, the town is suffering because the mainstay is affected. The crabbing industry is suffering and the residents have reasons to be sad.
In Hoopers Island, the crabbing industry relies on foreign workers — mostly women from Mexico — who pick crab meat for the season.
People in Hoopers Island might have supported candidate Trump’s promise to crack down on illegal immigration, but what they did not count on was his dramatic attack on legal immigration. The Trump administration has capped H-2B visas and ended the first-come, first-served method in favor of a lottery system that gives out a small number of visas.
This has devastated Hooper Island’s crabbing industry. The crabbing community was unable to bring in 40 percent of the workers they needed for the season.
Harry Phillips, who owns Hall Seafood, explained, “We can’t operate the way we’re going. I’ve had to let truck drivers go. I don’t need truck drivers if I don’t have the product. It’s going to affect us to the point where we may have to totally close.”
He continued saying, “(President Trump’s) vow was to create American jobs, but this is not creating American jobs.”
The damage is not limited to just the crab fishermen — it extends to all the businesses that support crabbing. Capt. Larry “Boo” Powley catches bait for crab. He is a fifth-generation fisherman. He said:
“The more demand that there is for bait, the better I do. Right now, there’s no demand because they can’t handle the crabs because they have no pickers. And it’s really hurting us right now.” He continued, “How would you like to be in business for 30 years and they tell you, ‘Well, we’re going to pick out of a hat if you’re going to run your business or not?’ How do people stay in business? Does Washington not get it? You’ve got to have workers.”