ALBERTSON, N.C. – With the tractor’s hydraulic line broken, the Murphys, farmers from Duplin County, had no choice but to collect hay bales by hand. What would have taken Linda Murphy 30 minutes with a tractor instead took seven men the better part of a Saturday afternoon.
Rain was in the forecast. Without the men, Mexican laborers here on temporary visas, Morris Murphy could have faced selling wet hay, hurting his profits.
With its aging white population, high poverty rates, and economy dependent on agriculture and manufacturing, Duplin County is like many around the country that swung hard right in November’s election…
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