(To be fair, that part of Iowa had a lot of similar towns- Belmond, Humboldt, etc.)
Now Hampton is roughly half foreign-born, Walmart and Mason City took the stores, much of the old Highway 3 traffic is down on a four-lane US 20, and there is one mega-railroad that basically roars through town on the one remaining bit of track. The surrounding farmland is now in the hands of a much smaller number of large landowners... many of whom are/were invested in the confinement facilities that hired illegals beginning in the 1980's... that was when guys like Austin ("Jack") DeCoster tapped into the old Iowa farmers' Achilles heel: greed.
Fewer farms, fewer farm families... the small town goes to hell.
It was the method the corporate farms used to take over family farms, illegal underpaid workers to push produce prices low enough that small farms were forced into bankruptcy.
These same corporate scum lobbied to close down LEGAL immigrants thereby increasing the supply of illegals to exploit.
She is a victim of Democrats, not conservatives. You want to fix immigration, make it legal again while HAMMERING the illegals and their exploiters.
Any company paying illegals should have their corporate officers do hard time. You always hear how bad the illegals are, but the traitors that hire them to destroy their competitors are ignored.
I work around a ton of illegals, and this country needs them, the vast majority would love to be free not exploited slaves. They are exactly who should be allowed to immigrate. But as long as the corporation gets its cheap labor, they don’t mind how many criminals are allowed to exploit welfare. It’s not the corporation paying the bills, it’s the tax payer.
Illegals mean profit on the backs of second class non citizens. Until we root out the greed, immigration reform is impossible.