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Congressman Collins should help farmers with labor and tariff crisis

Posted 1 August 2018 at 9:16 am

Editor:

Congressman Collins doesn’t care about our farms or farm communities. Farmers in our area have expressed anxiety over migrant worker programs and trade wars.

At a meeting with farmers in April, Jeff True of True Farms in Perry told Congressman Collins that undocumented and non-citizens workers are going underground. It impacts not only farms but the whole community.

David Chamberlain of D&G Farms in Wyoming said, “It will be just as devastating as trade (issue) if we don’t get a solution.”

Mr. Collins visited Stein Farms in Le Roy in June. Shelley Stein, treasurer of Stein Farms, said, “It’s time that our government recognizes that fighting and being involved in trade wars using our basic agriculture products hurts us.”

The New York Times reported, “The dairy industry now faces substantial tariffs on it exports as Mexico, Canada and other countries retaliate against Mr. Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs.” Congressman Collins has expressed support for these tariffs which are hurting our farms and farm communities. Congressman Collins supports the administration’s immigration policies which are hurting our farms and farm communities. Congressman Collins does not care about our farms and farm communities. We need a new congressman. Thank you.

William Fine

Brockport