On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at noon at the Leelanau County Government Center the Farm Labor Task Force of the League of Women Voters Leelanau County will highlight the impact current immigration policy has on area agricultural employers and their workforce. The forum is entitled “Immigration Challenges in Leelanau: Who Will Harvest Our Produce?”
Migrant and seasonal farm workers are the core of our Leelanau County agricultural workforce. Area employers are concerned that they may not have a viable workforce. Workers and their families fear arrest, detention, deportation and the breakup of families. Law enforcement faces a balance of maintaining trust and confidence with all residents against calls for assistance with enforcement of federal law. Hear from the farmers, migrant worker advocates, immigration experts and law enforcement on this timely issue that ultimately impacts all of us. Panelists include Jim Bardenhagen, farmer/employer, Joe Hubbell, County Prosecutor, Gladys Munoz, Director of Peace and Justice Advocacy Center and Susan Reed, Director of Michigan Immigrant Rights Center.