Immigration Reform

IDA recognizes the need for a competent and stable supply of labor on the dairy farms of Idaho and, therefore, supports programs to meet these needs.

The people who make up foreign born labor in America are hard working, family-oriented individuals. They are assets to our communities and critical resources for the success of our agriculture production.

Costs associated with deportation not only negatively affect our federal budget, they also impact our local communities by breaking up families, reducing the available workforce and raising the cost of goods.

The Idaho Dairymen’s Associationhas long supported smart, responsible immigration reform. IDA seeks to address economic and national security issues often at the center of immigration debates. Specifically, IDA supports:

  • An affordable, efficient guest worker program that ensures continued availability of immigrant labor for all agriculture, including dairy
  • A provision that allows immigrants currently employed or with recent employment history in the US to earn the right to work legally, without having to go back to their country of origin
  • A provision that specifies that the responsibility for ultimate verification of the legal status of a worker lies with the government, not employers