Dairy industry pushes for immigration reform

Posted at 10:34 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 08:40:42-05

A rally in Madison could hurt a economic stable in Wisconsin. "Dia Sin Latinos" or "Day Without Latinos." Latinos in the area will be closing businesses and missing work that day to rally in Madison against two bills.

Assembly Bill 450 would prohibit the creation of "sanctuary cities" for undocumented immigrants in Wisconsin, while penalizing cities that block police from inquiring about one's immigration status.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 533 would block cities and counties statewide from issuing their own I.D. cards.

The dairy industry in Wisconsin says they rely heavily on immigrant workers and want the state to be a great place for all to work.

For Gordon Spears, dairy is  a backbone  of the state. He’s the owner of Shiloh Dairy Farms in Brillion.  

“Dairy in Wisconsin is a huge deal and agriculture is about an 80 million dollar industry and dairy is about 60% of that” says Spears.

We are going to send a car load of workers down to the rally to represent us but hoping the rest come to work

Tim Trotter with the Dairy Business Association in Wisconsin says Shiloh Farms isn't alone

“Whenever you have uncertainty that Wisconsin is not a good state to work in that's not good for our industry” Says Trotter.

But ultimately he says immigration is a national issue. “We need to be focused on reforms in the federal level so we don’t have this fear in the workforce and the farms themselves” Trotter Continues.