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    Illegal alien farm workers forced off Hermon dairy farm

    Immigrant farm workers forced off Hermon dairy farm

    By SUSAN MENDE
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    PUBLISHED: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 AT 12:43 PM

    CHRISTOPHER LENNEY / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES







    HERMON — Eight days ago, Gebarten Acres, a large dairy farm on East DeKalb Road, was forced to lay off 17 farm workers from Guatemala and Mexico after an investigation by federal officials showed the immigrant farm workers lacked documentation to legally work in the United States.

    Greg J. Coller, co-owner of the 2,800-cow farm, said Friday that three other immigrant workers were allowed to stay, but they decided to leave with the other 17.


    “We lost 20 people, half our workforce,” Mr. Coller said Friday. “It’s just been horrible. The timing is bad, with dairy in the toilet.”


    His partner, Steve J. Morrill, declined to comment on the situation.


    Mr. Coller, 43, said officials with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement found that identification documents the workers provided did not match information kept by federal immigration officials. Some had worked and lived at the farm for the past seven years, handling milking and other chores.


    “They gave us a few days warning so we had time to contact family and friends to help us out,” Mr. Coller said. “Many of us have been working 17-hour days to get the cows milked.”


    Although 17 immigrant workers were let go from the farm, Mr. Coller said they were not taken into custody by ICE officials.


    He believes many of his former farmhands are already working at other farms, creating a situation where the dairy farm owners suffer the most harm.


    “I guarantee they’re working. To make them leave is crazy, as we’re the only ones who suffer,” Mr. Coller said.


    Echoing a problem faced by many other north country dairy farmers, Mr. Coller said it’s increasingly difficult to find Americans who are willing to put in the hard work to keep a farm running.


    Khaalid Walls, the Northeast regional spokesman for ICE, would not discuss the situation.


    “We will decline to discuss specific investigations,” Mr. Walls said in an email response.


    As part of their duties, officials from ICE conduct I-9 audits of farms and businesses across the country. The I-9 is an employment verification form that employers are supposed to comply with by having workers show documentation of permission to work.


    Relani M. Prudhomme, co-coordinator of a Canton volunteer group that assists immigrant workers, said it’s her understanding that ICE officials threatened the farm’s owners with a fine and jail time if they refused to terminate the men’s employment.


    She and other members of the group, called “Amigos en Salud” (translated to “Friends in Health” from Spanish) want to raise awareness about the negative impact immigration enforcement has on the north country’s dairy industry. Ms. Prudhomme said she believes 15 other north country farms are being “targeted” by ICE, including a large Parishville dairy farm.


    “Dairy farms rely on immigrant labor because they cannot attract U.S. citizens to do the hard and dangerous labor required,” Ms. Prudhomme said. “The workers aren’t hurting anyone, if anything they’re keeping our economy going.

    We depend on them desperately.”

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    ICE threatened to do their job following the discovery of illegal aliens working the farm.. Why didn't ICE follow through after the discoveries? Maybe they will locate them still.

    And the dairy seems upset to lose their illegal workers but not necessarily deterred if no punishment follows.
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    Get machines to milk your cows!

    Those workers hurt the American taxpayer every day their are on our soil!

    Welfare, food stamps, crime, anchor babies, hospital bills, overcrowd our schools, our roads!
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    They use machines, that's why he only has about 30 to 40 workers milking 2700 cows. HIRE AMERICANS!!! Raise your wages, increase your advertising, promote your work to good Americans, and you'll find Americans to milk your cows. They can't apply for your jobs you've already filled with illegal aliens and don't know are available. Just recruit Americans, pay a good wage and get it done.
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    Although 17 immigrant workers were let go from the farm, Mr. Coller said they were not taken into custody by ICE officials.

    He believes many of his former farmhands are already working at other farms, creating a situation where the dairy farm owners suffer the most harm.
    ICE made no apprehensions. How ridiculous is that? ICE spokesman have said over and over again that ICE would not ignore any illegals they come into contact with. These folks should have been arrested and held for deportation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaPeach View Post
    ICE threatened to do their job following the discovery of illegal aliens working the farm.. Why didn't ICE follow through after the discoveries? Maybe they will locate them still.

    And the dairy seems upset to lose their illegal workers but not necessarily deterred if no punishment follows.

    ICE gave a few days warning.
    ICE didn't take anyone into custody.

    The circus of pretending continues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MW View Post
    ICE made no apprehensions. How ridiculous is that? ICE spokesman have said over and over again that ICE would not ignore any illegals they come into contact with. These folks should have been arrested and held for deportation!
    In the past few weeks, my opinion of both ICE and Border Control has changed drastically. They are both spinning their wheels, and spending millions to put on a show and do nothing.
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    Oh, look, someone just discovered the existing plan isn't working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Oh, look, someone just discovered the existing plan isn't working.
    With Trump as the boss, no it is not.
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    So you want a new boss instead of a new plan. To each their own.
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