By Tim Kowols
Uncertainty in immigration reform still weighs heavy on area farmers dependent on the labor. According to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, more than half of dairy workers nationally are immigrants, with farms employing them producing 79 percent of nation’s milk. While the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is getting the headlines, Dave Jauquet from Jauquet Farms in Luxemburg is worried about some of his employees and their families that may not fall under the program. His employees have the proper I-9 forms filed, but Jauquet would still like to see a permanent solution reached while finding a middle ground.
Jauquet currently employs 12 full-time employees and one part-time high school worker to help milk his 600 cows. Part of the agreement to lift the government shutdown was to have a productive conversation on DACA and immigration in the coming days.