The GR Press and migrant labor issues as told by the Agribusiness Lobby

The GR Press and migrant labor issues as told by the Agribusiness Lobby
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
Last Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Press ran a front page news story entitled, Picking Employees: Farmers must make labor decisions now, but future is uncertain. The MLive story has a different headline, but the content of the article is the same. READ MORE HERE — https://griid.org/2017/03/28/the-gr-press-and-migrant-labor-issues-as-told-by-the-agribusiness-lobby/

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

Last Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Press ran a front page news story entitled, Picking Employees: Farmers must make labor decisions now, but future is uncertain. The MLive story has a different headline, but the content of the article is the same.

The article, which is almost an entire page in the print form raises some questions about possible migrant farm labor shortages due to the Trump administration policies that would crack down on undocumented immigrants.

The fact is that even those with documentation are fearful of dealing with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, considering that the new executive orders has people in the immigrant community living in fear for family members.

However, the bulk of the article focuses on the potential shortage of migrant workers, which is a major issues, especially in West Michigan, where migrant labor is an essential part of the agribusiness model.

What is both alarming…

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