As Fires Move On, Many Wonder If Immigrants Will, Too
The New York Times, on 10/17/17, reports that the thousands of displaced residents of Napa and Sonoma Counties include sizable numbers of immigrants, who are the backbone of the wine and hospitality industries:
“Because many of them are in the country illegally, they are ineligible for most disaster aid, raising concerns that those without places to live will move to other regions where housing is more plentiful and cheaper.
“To function, we have to be able to retain the immigrant workers in the area,” said Cameron Mauritson, who grows grapes on 350 acres in Sonoma County for 60 wineries. Losing them, he said, would be “catastrophic to our economy.”