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Feds could ICE-out dairy economy: Deporting workers would 'devastate' farms

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Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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A MIGRANT WORKER preps a cow for milking on a Vermont dairy farm. Organizers at Migrant Justice estimate that 90 percent of the state's dairy workers are migrants and most are undocumented. Increased deportations threaten a vital Vermont industry. Photo credit: Vera Chang

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont dairy farmers and farmworkers are in an increased state of alert as federal immigration authorities begin enforcing President Trump’s immigration policies. What the White House described as taking “the shackles off” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (known as ICE) and other agencies has resulted in shifts in policy that more aggressively target deportation of foreign workers — including farmworkers who have overstated their visas.

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