Dairies Left In Limbo On Immigration Reform

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Immigration reform appears stalled in Congress.

And, according to an article in The New York Times on Friday, it’s unlikely anything will get passed with an incoming Republican majority.

“Few people expect movement on immigration issues when Congress reconvenes next week in a divided Washington,” the New York Times article said. “Republicans, who will control the House of Representatives, do not support an overhaul of immigration laws that President Obama has promised to continue to push. State lawmakers say it has fallen to them to act.”

Meanwhile, dairy farmers are left in limbo. Many dairies rely on immigrant labor.

Read “Hispanic labor force has been a boon for farmers.” It is written by Al Mertens, a veterinarian with the Waupun Veterinary Service in Waupun, WIs. It appeared as a guest column in The Reporter.

Source: The New York Times and The (Fond du Lac) Reporter.

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Loren Lopes    
California  |  January, 30, 2013 at 09:18 AM

The Hispanic workers today are the only workers that are willing to work with livestock and especially dairy cattle. In the past we had many nationalities that loved to work with dairy cattle and even went on to own their own dairies, such as Swiss,Italian,Dutch, and the Portuguese. These undocumented workers have taken on tasks that American workers would ask 10 times the money to do. This is one of the reasons milk is so cheap in California but that alone is not enough to sustain dairy in here. The youg dairy students coming from college are picking jobs as advisors and supervisors that are not out on the farm and are serching for salaries in line with their wants and needs. Documented workers will want better for themselves than undocumented workers that work in the shadow and are scared for their livelhood so they can send money back to their families that they are seperated from.

FL  |  November, 01, 2013 at 08:14 PM

On behalf of students with under 90 IQ's, I challenge that statement. These kids want to work, schools will send job coaches to teach them the job while they work free for a year or two while learning. Once they graduate and are placed in a job, being American, they have to earn minimum wage. These are the kids who drain the coffers as they apply for benefit after benefit because they can't get work. Ten years ago we placed most of our 60-75 IQ kids in paying jobs, now we are training them for volunteer work and we tell them to apply for disability. Stop the pipeline of job stealing illegal immigrants.

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