Jill Lindsey Harrison, a sociology professor on the College of Colorado Boulder who has studied migrant staff in Wisconsin’s dairy business, stated the state’s dairy farmers have been hiring staff from Latin America for at the very least 20 years.
“On the one hand, white, U.S.-born staff have been transferring away from dairy work, tired of dairy work,” she defined. “And on the identical time, there have been lots of immigrants, actually, actually driving round, knocking on doorways, asking for jobs on dairy farms. And so lots of dairy farmers began hiring these immigrant staff who have been concerned about doing the work, not immune to the comparatively low wages, late hours, arduous nature of the work, didn’t complain, and have been very desperate to work very lengthy hours.”
At a Senate Judiciary Committee listening to on immigrant farm labor reform in July, senators burdened the vital function of migrant farmworkers in U.S. agriculture. Committee chair Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Unwell., stated that the pandemic has pressured lawmakers and others to “face the fact that our meals provide chain relies upon to an important extent on the labor of immigrants.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, stated Congress ought to deal with “reforming the H-2A program to make sure that farmers and agricultural employers have entry to a steady and authorized workforce.”
Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack instructed the committee that he backed the invoice.