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Maureen Torrey, Torrey Farms, and illegal immigration

Maureen Torrey and family run Torrey Farms in Elba, New York. She's a frequent quote source for "reporters" who write stories in the crops rotting in the fields genre. See that link for background on those type of articles, and the image below is a screenshot from one such story.

What you won't hear from those who simply present her as Farmer McDonald is her involvement with the United Fresh Produce Association, a large, Washington DC-based trade group formed as a result of the merger between the United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association and the International Fresh-Cut Produce Association. Torrey was previously their chairman; she's more recently been one of the sponsors of their "2012 Chairman's Roundtable" [1] and one of her workers served on their "2011 Member Relations Task Force" [2]. Torrey co-represented the group on the "Coordinating Council of the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops" [3].

Torrey also served as a Branch director of the Buffalo branch of the Federal Reserve from December 1999 to December 2006 [4]. The Fed supports illegal immigration and has a financial interest in it; see their name's link.

Torrey was involved with an outfit called the "Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform".

And, in 2007:

Ms. Torrey warned that dairy cows would die from lack of milking if New York farmers had to fire immigrant dairy workers.

Did that happen? No, of course not.

In 2006, as co-chairman of the United Fresh Produce Association, Torrey appeared with Larry Craig to promote comprehensive immigration reform. In the same year, Torrey complained about immigration raids cutting into her profits.

Torrey even played the Gestapo card in order to protect those profits:

"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."

To Torrey and others like her, the rare cases when the U.S. government does its perfectly legitimate job of enforcing our immigration laws is just like what the Nazis did.

maureen torrey of torrey farms

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[1] unitedfresh.org/membership/chairmans_roundtable
[2] www2.unitedfresh.org/forms/committee/CommitteeFormPublic/
view?id=1097700000C1D&year=2012, Shannon Kyle of Torrey Farms
[3] iuf.unitedfresh.org/newsletters/2011/07/28.php
[4] newyorkfed.org/aboutthefed/annual/annual06/directors.pdf

Last modified Jul 3, 2012
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Deja moo: Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform on Capitol Hill May 15 - 05/14/07

Didn't I read this press release a few months ago? Yet, it's got today's date on it, and tomorrow the "Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform" will be meeting with "Senator Larry Craig [R-ID] and Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA)" [sic] to advance their cheap labor agenda:
A group of lawmakers and farmers will gather to ask Congress to pass responsible immigration reform. Labor shortages are being reported on American farms across the country, leaving crops rotting in the field. Agriculture Needs Action Now from Congress to secure access to a legal and stable workforce.
Those coming by include:
Maureen Torrey of Torrey Farms, Elba, NY;

Phil Glaize of Fred Glaize Inc., VA;

Elia Vasquez, a strawberry and herb grower from Watsonville, CA;

Mike Gempler of the Washington Growers League (WA) and National Council of Agriculture Employers from Yakima, WA;

Tom Nassif, President of Western Growers Association.

Nina Bernstein/NYT: Immigration enforcement equals fear - 12/24/06

Our old favorite Nina Bernstein of the New York Times offers "Immigrants Go From Farms to Jails, and a Climate of Fear Settles In". She spends two screens painting a picture of upstate New York dairy farmers and their illegal alien employees living in a state of fear. The poor dear farmers are afraid one of their enemies is going to drop a dime on them to ICE. The poor oppressed illegal aliens are afraid of being taken away in shackles (if the report had audio, it would be of the sound of cattlecars). She even uses the phrase "harvest of fear" and makes a reference to "The Twilight Zone".

She also mentions - but doesn't explore - the role that political corruption plays in lack of immigration enforcement. Instead, she concentrates on the emotional aspects with the clear intent of promoting immigration "reform".

Here's the first paragraph:

As record-setting enforcement of immigration laws upends old, unspoken arrangements, a new climate of fear is sweeping through the rural communities of western and central New York.

It will take a real reporter - and not just a pro-illegal immigration hack - to explore those "unspoken arrangements" and to follow the money. As for Bernstein, this is all we get:

Now, more aggressive enforcement has disrupted a system of official winks, nods and paperwork that for years protected farmers from "knowingly" hiring the illegal immigrants who make up most of their work force.

If the NYT wants to be a real news sources, they'll dispatch someone else to look into those "winks [and] nods", and not someone who's part of the problem.

And, apparently someone's reading the papers:

Others, including the [New York Farm Bureau], pointed to the unusual intensification of the dairy investigation after [Rodney Brown who together with his wife Debbie are dairy farmers in Clifton Springs] was quoted in a Sept. 11 Associated Press account [presumably "Farmers: Harvest raids are badly timed" by Cara Anna which appears to have been rewritten here].

Others mentioned include Marshall Farms, Cliff DeMay, "a large private labor contractor", and:

Maureen Torrey, an 11th-generation grower and a director of the Federal Reserve Bank's Buffalo branch

Looking into the political corruption side of this issue is left as an exercise for a real news source.

Please write public *at* nytimes.com with your thoughts.

Miranda Vagg transcribes growers pining for cheap labor - 10/10/06

Miranda Vagg of the "Greater Niagara Newspapers" group (printed in New York's "Lockport Union-Sun & Journal") offers a slab of pro-illegal immigration propaganda called "IMMIGRATION RAIDS: Local farmers reeling from busts".

Larry Craig to lead "Secure Our Borders and Our Economy" rally - 09/11/06

Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) and friends will be holding a "rally" on Capitol Hill on Wednesday and demanding "comprehensive" immigration "reform". From their press release:
A group of lawmakers, business leaders and agriculture producers will gather on Capitol Hill to demand Border Security be paired with Immigration Reform.