News 2017 Agriculture on ICE

November 15, 2017

New publication aids agricultural businesses in ICE raid, audit preparation

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,
Contacts: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5668,
Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212,

Original story at AgriLife Today

AMARILLO – Ensuring workers are legally able to work in the U.S. and are properly documented is important for every agricultural business, whether it is a processing plant, a dairy or an orchard, said two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists.

Dr. Ellen Jordan, AgriLife Extension dairy specialist in Dallas, and Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo, have joined forces to write a new publication to help those in the agricultural industry deal with the issue.

They wrote the publication after the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, conducted audits and raids at dairies, slaughter plants and other agricultural businesses in recent years.

“The Difference between an ICE Raid and an ICE Audit: Are You Prepared?” can be downloaded from the AgriLife Bookstore at:

“Whether an ICE audit or raid occurs at a traditional agriculture business such as a dairy or produce farm or at an urban business, the impacts can cripple a business,” Jordan said. “In animal agriculture, if employees are lost or quit out of fear, it might be difficult in the short term to take proper care of the animals. For produce farms and fruit orchards, crops might rot in the field when insufficient numbers of workers are available.”

Both Jordan and Lashmet said compliance with immigration laws is critical for...

Continued at AgriLife Today

Immigration police and farm illustration

AgriLife Illustration by Gabe Saldana

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