Crops are rotting as a consequence of recent immigration raids in Orleans, Niagara, Monroe and Genesee counties.Vagg doesn't disclose two of Torrey's key links: she's co-chairman of United Fresh Produce Association, and on September 13 she and Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) held a rally on Capitol Hill in support of the AgJobs amnesty, something that Torrey Farms has also endorsed.
"I'm probably going to end up leaving $2 million worth of crop in the field and it's adding up every day," said Maureen Torrey, who owns Torrey Farms, located in Orleans, Niagara and Genesee counties...
Torrey likened her recent experience with immigration officials to war.She wasn't likening it to "war", she was likening it to Nazi Germany, with ICE in the role of the Gestapo. A similar statement from a cheap labor pimp is in this post, which links to other pimps saying similar things. One wonders whether Vagg wasn't paying attention or whether she just needs extra help to understand how inflammatory Torrey was trying to be.
"It's a dirty job and we stand next to them, working together, and then to see these people chased, you feel like it's Germany all over again," she said.
Watching those she works with every day get taken away is like having a death in the family, Torrey added...
Torrey said she was raided once before, in 1997. The workers at Torrey Farms are referred to her by the NYS Department of Labor.If that's true, and if some of those refered workers turn out to be illegal aliens, does that mean that the NYSDL isn't checking immigration status of those they refer, or did they check but they put them through anyway? Maybe a real reporter should check that out.
[Robin Roberts, owner of Lynnette & Sons in Kent] and other local growers have requested a meeting with Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to discuss the reasons why the government is targeting agriculture workers.He'll probably be sympathetic to their "plight"; the last link has a quote from him verging on him supporting declaring New York state to be a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
Immigration_piipps · Tue, 10/10/2006 - 03:38 · Importance: 1