Reader: Wildcat Dairy raid proves that dirt-cheap illegal labor can be milked for profit

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Department of Homeland Security agents, along with members of the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, raided Wildcat Dairy yesterday -- and found that 89 percent of the workers there were not authorized to be in the U.S. But so far, only the employees are being punished -- not the employer.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a "routine inspection" of the dairy, located at 24268 Morgan County Road 21, by the DHS turned up twenty workers suspected of using forged social security and alien-registration cards to get a job. All twenty have now been indicted on charges that include criminal impersonation, while the sheriff notes that "the management of Wildcat Dairy cooperated with the arrest operations."...

Michael Roberts reported the story of the Wildcat Dairy raid on the Latest Word, our news blog, yesterday, but the topic is also worth contemplating on Cafe Society.

Here's the take from Matt:

Does nobody else bother to question how exactly a gallon of milk at King Soopers costs half as much as a gallon of unleaded at the gas station in their parking lot? It's hard to turn a profit AND qualify for any "best places to work" list in the Dairy biz. The fact is that the vast majority of our commercially-available foods have to be produced at the lowest possible cost just to remain competitive in this era of cheap foods. Technological advancements can make certain improvements in food production, but nothing's cheaper than good old fashioned dirt-cheap human labor.

Should the employers who hire "dirt-cheap" illegal workers -- at dairies, in restaurants -- be held accountable, too? And how much would you pay for a gallon of milk produced by legal workers?

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Lynshanon
Lynshanon

well all of you are so wrong this is the best paying Dairy in our County and the pay is not bad at all, the problem is that people dont want to work there. I include myself i wouldn't work there milking cows is a not very nice job, putting those cows in the milking machine having cows pee and poop at you is not the job i would do.Those people arrested had no choice and i do feel sorry for them because the only crime they did is WORK where I a US Citizen wouldn't work.   

Mantonat
Mantonat

"And how much would you pay for a gallon of milk produced by legal workers?"That's just gross - trafficking in human milk! I'd much rather drink milk produced by cows, provided they are hear legally. Illegal cattle are a huge burden on our social programs.

jmfay
jmfay

Illegals cost alot more then the fair price of a gallon of milk so we all should be willing to pay more for it as long as legal workers were doing the work.  CO has 200000 people out of work or needing more hours so its very hard to believe he couldnt find legal workers.  Its more likely he didnt want to pay a fair wage.

Cheap food isnt everything since CO taxpayers are paying for education; jailing, health care, etc of illegals.

Eurythmic
Eurythmic

I gladly pay $2.99 for a half gallon of Morning Fresh Dairy milk at Tony's, produced organically by a local family farm and dairy in Fort Collins - and the taste is amazing!  I think the price pressures big grocery put on dairies is a shame, it's no wonder most of the small dairy's have been driven out of business and that dairy farmers are having the highest rates of suicide ever...

bbq
bbq

See if you feel the same when it is your identity stolen and used by an illegal.

Mantonat
Mantonat

You might want to read the article again. The actual criminal offense was using falsified social security numbers and alien registration cards. Maybe it should be easier for foreign workers to get into the country to get jobs that US citizens might not otherwise take, but when forgery and fraud are involved, it becomes a whole different matter.

To answer the original question seriously, paying $5-$7 for a gallon of milk does not seem that unreasonable if there's not a $2 gallon sitting right next to it. There are people out there who say "How could I afford that when my teenage sons drink a gallon of milk a day?" Well, maybe they would settle for water most of the time if they had to think about the cost of it or actually spend a day working on a dairy farm. Most American kids drink way more milk than they actually need for nutritional purposes.

CSU Ram
CSU Ram

I am absolutely certain not 1 of the 200000 have filled out an application at this dairy or any other Colorado dairy for that matter.  People don't want to get dirty

Lynshanon
Lynshanon

I can somewhat agree with you about the charges they have, but also in the article the DA Watson also said "However, we didn't have any records of anyone making a complaint about these forged documents.", who are these people hurting for using an identity of someone who doesn't even exist is clear that all they were doing is work at this dairy and making sure that i can go and buy my daughter that gallon of milk she needs. And if theres many people in need for a job why is this dairy still out of workers? I just think people is more comfortable getting unemployment sitting in their homes than going to milk those cows.

nope
nope

Not true.  When they raided a meatpacking plant and threw out the illegals, there were people lined up around the block for jobs.

people arent willing to do these jobs b/c they know they know they can sit on their ass and collect welfare and other benefits from the gov't.  if they HAD to get a job, they would be less picky. 

 

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