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Posted inEconomy, Money & Politics, State of Change: Water, Food And The Future Of Wisconsin

How undocumented immigrants became the backbone of dairies — and how to keep the milk flowing in America’s Dairyland

Farmers, experts say reliance on immigrant workers, many of them in the U.S. illegally, will continue unless dairies — and Congress — make significant changes.

Posted inWisWatch Blog

No new penalties for hiring illegal immigrants

The state senate rejected a measure to impose strict penalties on companies found to have employed an undocumented worker. The bill’s failure is big news for Wisconsin’s dairy farmers, who increasingly rely on Hispanic immigrants to milk their herds. A report by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism in November revealed the difficulties dairy farmers face finding legal workers for their operations.