'A Day Without Latinos' Could Leave Nobody to Milk the Cows in Wisconsin

February 17, 2016 04:11 PM

Tomorrow’s “A Day Without Latinos” rally in Madison, Wis. has some state farmers worried they’ll have enough workers left on the farm to milk the cows.

The Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel reports  that the rally could draw away enough Latino workers that farms will be left with skeleton crews to milk and feed cattle.

According to a University of Wisconsin study, 40% of employees on Wisconsin farms are immigrants.

One dairyman, Don Niles, of Dairy Dreams, Casco, Wis., actually paid a number of his employees to attend the rally to represent all their co-workers. In return, the Latino crew guaranteed enough workers would stay behind to milk and feed Niles’ 2,850 cows.

The rally is being held to emphasize opposition to anti-immigrant bills circulating at the Capitol. One bill prohibits local governments from issuing photo IDs to immigrants in the country illegally. It awaits Gov. Scott Walker’s signature.

Another bill would prohibit “sanctuary cities,” where police would not be allowed to question a person’s immigration status if charged for some other violation.

While most of these laws do not directly affect farm labor, they do create an unwelcoming environment, says the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association. Consequently, immigrants may choose states other than Wisconsin for future employment, it says.

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Spell Check

sherburne, NY
2/19/2016 11:04 AM

  Jim are you advocating farmers brake the law by hiring illegal aliens? I say this is a good thing for those dairy farmers who still do the work themselves, unlike the dairy business managers who think that work is below them. If farm size continues to grow you will be out of a job along with a lot of college professors. At some point the infrastructure will collapse. Maybe ICE should pay a visit to Don Niles.

Loren Bruehlman
Argyle, WI
3/5/2016 08:35 AM

  What I struggle to understand is what part of illegal is so hard to understand. An illegal immigrant should not be able to get a photo ID from local government because they are here illegally. What other laws should we allow people to violate. Do we all get to decide which ones we obey or not obey. They call that anarchy and it is not conducive to civil society.


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