The Vanishing Milkmaids of New York
"Yes, politicians can overcome partisanship and unite around something: making New York state the next yogurt capital. However, that can't happen without a new immigration process. And our political leaders have not been able to break through the logjam of inaction on immigration," says National Immigration Forum executive director Ali Noorani.
"If Democrats and Republicans cannot come together on an immigration strategy, the Empire State will not be able to foster its upstate dairy farmers' dreams for a yogurt cluster economy. That cluster economy is good for all of upstate New York, not just dairy farmers, because each skilled farmworker sustains about three nonfarm jobs -- someone has to package and deliver the fruits of farmworkers' labor. And with a 13 percent poverty rate, upstate New York could use those additional jobs."
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