Monday, April 13, 2015

Noem's brothers exploit immigrant labor

"They treat us like dogs."
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said her brothers used the H-2A program to bring in workers during planting and harvest season. Lately, farmers - particularly those using the H-2A program - have been a target of the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. [Sioux Falls Argus Leader]
Stunted by entrenchment from South Dakota's congressional delegation and leadership voids in the Daugaard administration some Black Hills businesses could find themselves short-handed during the upcoming potentially record-breaking tourist season.
The report from University of California, Berkeley, says low-wage jobs have left federal and state governments holding the tab for higher medicaid, food stamp and child subsidy payouts. Researchers say the cost to taxpayers is now $153 billion a year. [Here and Now, WBUR]
In 2012 a Custer State Park resort was fined for abusing workers under the H-2B program.

Because of GOP foot-dragging and because businesses are unable to hire effective local workers volunteer spring breakers from Minnesota have been cleaning parts of Custer State Park.

South Dakota voters deserve better than Republican obstruction.

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