Monday, June 19, 2017

One Ohio Town’s Immigration Clash, Down in the Actual Muck


Read this interesting, if not upbeat, story from the New York Times, about a political controversy in a Ohio agricultural community (Willard, Ohio) over whether to have a "welcome back" party for migrant workers who annually come back to work in the "muck," fertile soil for vegetables.

In creased immigration enforcement has made farm labor scarce.  “Without the Hispanic labor force, we wouldn’t be able to grow crops,” said Ben Wiers, a great-grandson of the pioneer Henry Wiers, who bought five acres here in 1896, noting that he considers many workers at Wiers Farms, which cultivates more than 1,000 acres of produce under the Dutch Maid label, to be friends.


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