Aug 03, 2017 — by David Sommerstein (Reporter/Asst. News Director) , in Canton, NY
Aug 03, 2017 — With Congress deadlocked over immigration reform, lawmakers have proposed some quick fixes to alleviate the labor crunch in the dairy industry, and in agriculture overall. But many farmers and farmworkers say they’re small band aids for a big problem.
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It’s estimated several thousand mostly Latino immigrants work illegally on dairy farms in New York and Vermont, including hundreds right here in the North Country. They work in the shadows, with little oversight and constant fear of deportation.
H2A workers on a North Country vegetable farm in Franklin County. Rep. Stefanik hopes streamlining the visa program will help farmers access foreign labor legally. Photo: David Sommerstein