Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is taking heat from Republicans for saying point-blank that his administration has a sort of don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy when it comes to illegal migrant workers. This from the Burlington Free Press.
We kind of look the other way as much as we can. I just want to make sure that is what we are doing. That has clearly been our policy.”
He went on to explain that Vermont agriculture depends on migrant labor. “There is just no doubt about it, we need foreign workers,” he said.
According to the newspaper, Vermont’s GOP doesn’t like that philosophy much, calling it “completely irresponsible.”
There is a lot of evidence that a similar policy shapes the policing (or lack thereof) of migrant workers in northern New York.
Despite the fact that we’re within shouting distance of a massive US Border Patrol presence, a lot of undocumented workers play a vital role in the Norh Country’s dairy industry.
So what do you think? Is this is a good way to run an industry, using grey- or black-market labor? If not, what should be done about it? As always, your comments welcome.