That is not the same thing as throwing the bastards in jail! You know as well as I do that these businesses, just like the Big AG operators are Republican voters and more important - major donors, with big influence in the GOP. Some of them over the years have been "moderates" on this issue, compared to zealous advocates for closing the southern border. These big money REpublicans have always liked lots of "illegal" immigrants to provide cheap labor and drive down wages and destroy union effectiveness for native workers.Deflect nothing. Did I not say the processing plants and towns brought it upon themselves? Escalating fines for the employers, if that don't work, there should be a trigger mechanism for incarceration. If the town leadership and government want to avoid economic calamity due to raids and mass arrests, they better stay on top of it themselves instead of crying about it when it happens. It is not as if these raids were invented yesterday.
Back when Dubya was president, the high rollers were in charge, regardless of all other immigration rhetoric. Now, in the age of Trump, big money republicans exploiting undocumented workers, are on the back foot. But I'm not seeing any signs that the border nazis are willing to go at them in force, because they still depend on their money and their business connections.
Nevertheless it serves as one more example of how capitalism has two justice systems: one for the rich, and one for everyone else!