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Undocumented Workers Are The Backbone Of Dairies. Will Trump Change That?
Dee J. Hall and Riley Vetterkind | A partnership between Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and HuffPost
October 6, 2017
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It's fascinating to me that people will argue for increased wages for hipster Starbucks baristas in one breath—and then turn around and say illegals are needed to keep labor costs down on physically demanding dairy farms. I guess only rich dilettantes need a decent wage—not midwestern farm hands. What a joke.
This is an easy fix. Force dairies to hire DOCUMENTED workers. Fine them if UNDOCUMENTED workers are found on site. Stop using work as an excuse for allowing illegal immigration. You would not let an American citizen work for less than minimum wage, it should be illegal to hire an illegal to do the work for less; and if we are willing to hire legal workers for a decent wage, then do so and stop encouraging people to come here illegally. Hiring an illegal worker is ILLEGAL.
These factory farms are making the exact same argument that Industrialists did to justify the sweat shops of a century ago. Only back then it was Eastern European immigrants who they preferred to employ since they could force them to work long days for low wages because they were afraid to rock the boat. It is nothing but exploitation for the sake of profits. And normalizing it just increases the flow of illegals into the country while depressing wage growth for everyone.
Undocumented workers wouldn't be a problem if people weren't hiring them so they don't have to pay living wages to Americans.
Really??? Who milked the cows before the illegals were here? Americans did. The only reason an employer would want an illegal is to drive wages down and increase net profits
Why do they not arrest the people who hire illegals?
So BIG MILK is knowingly hiring illegal aliens?
Well... that IS a problem.
“We cannot find the American person to come in and work full-time on a dairy,” Ripp said. “It’s too many long hours. It’s too hard of work. And it’s seven days a week, 365 on a dairy farm... A cow does not take a day off.” Do you know what labor laws are, Mr. Farmer? We don't work people 7 days a week, 365 days a year here in America. You hire multiple shifts and pay overtime. That's why any one who is aware of his rights won't work for you. And that is why you want illegal immigration to continue, so that you can continue to pay and treat your workers poorly.
Hiring illegal immigrants is against the law... You should be put out of business...
If someone does something illegal, and then benefits from it, and we wring our hands and say "whatever will they do when we enforce the law?" we are participating in dysfunction and illegality.
"Undocumented workers do not qualify for public benefits like Obamacare or government-subsidized health care" BUT can find a woman who can drop an anchor baby and bleed the US tax payer for services, all the while working under the table not paying taxes like the rest of us law abiding citizens
funny, diary seemed to survive before illegals were allowed in. Perhaps, maybe without them, the American dairy workers will get a raise.
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