“Right now, we’re shut down,” said Morgan Tolley, manager of A.E. Phillips and Sons Seafood. “We’re in self-preservation mode.”
Just two miles away, in what should be the start of the peak season, Harry Phillips, owner of Russell Hall Seafood, stands in an empty picking room once filled with the women he’s had working for him for over 25 years.
“We can’t operate the way we’re going,” Phillips told NBC News. “I’ve had to let truck drivers go. I don’t need truck drivers if I don’t have the product. It’s going to affect us to the point where we may have to totally close.”
“(President Trump’s) vow was to create American jobs, but this is not creating American jobs,” Phillips added.