Idaho Dairy Group Opposes Immigration Detention Contract
The Idaho Dairymen Association recently sent a letter to the Jerome County commissioners in opposition of a pending contract that would lease out space in the new county jail to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Associated Press reports.
According to IDA executive director Bob Naerebout, many dairymen in the area are concerned about the possibility of losing workings due to an increased ICE presence. Under the contract being considered by the county of Jerome, ICE would have access to 50 beds at a rate of $75 per day per bed, which would bring an additional $1.34 million to the county annually.
While that seems like a good boost to the county coffers, Naerebout says an economic analysis done by the University of Idaho showed that even a 1% percent decrease in milk processed in a local market for cheese alone could lead to an annual $27 million loss in local revenue.
The Idaho Milk Processors Association has joined the dairymen in opposing the pending contract.
“This is not a contract that is needed,” Naerebout says.