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September 5, 2017

Minnesota Needs Immigrant Labor

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

A Senate bill backed by President Trump that would reduce immigrant labor 50% over the next decade would be catastrophic for many Minnesota businesses, including many of its dairy farms who now rely on immigrant labor.

If passed, the bill could mean the end of Pat Lunemann’s third-generation dairy farm, which currently milks 775 cows near Clarissa in northwest Minnesota. He told the Minneapolis StarTribune that “the pool of labor will disintegrate” if the bill passes.

Marin Bozic, a University of Minnesota dairy economist and an immigrant himself, says reducing legal immigration could reduce Minnesota’s gross domestic product by “hundreds of millions of dollars per year” as farmers are forced to pay higher wages, automate or simply go out of business.

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