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State Sen. Brent Jackson is now an advisor to a presidential candidate
Nearly five months ago, a group of seven migrant farmworkers filed a lawsuit against Jackson Farming Company after enduring several infringements on their rights. The owner of Jackson Farming Company is North Carolina State Senator Brent Jackson.
Jackson is currently vice chairman of the Senate's Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee. The lawsuit against him and his son, Rodney, has been taken to federal court and their farm in Autryville is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.
Jackson admitted to committing wage theft by withholding thousands of dollars in back wages from his workers which violates the Fair Labor Standards Act and the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act. He has tried to quietly settle this case out of court but without a promise of giving his workers their jobs back.
So why would someone with this much bad publicity be named to an agricultural advisory committee for a presidential campaign? Well, that’s because it’s Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Donald Trump’s well-known immigration reform plan, wall and all, takes aim at guest worker programs even though Trump’s companies have attempted to obtain over a thousand visas for guestworkers.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be named to serve on this committee and I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to help shape Mr. Trump’s agriculture policies,” Jackson said in a statement.
While it is unknown what the implications are for having someone like Brent Jackson formulating agricultural policy at a national level, one thing is certain: If Trump is elected, the rights of guestworkers in America will be in danger.