U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there are many economic benefits of common-sense immigration reform for New York.
Vilsack, who hosted a media conference call Wednesday, says the numbers are a cause for national concern. Maureen Torrey, former chair of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, is an 11th generation farmer in western New York.
Some Vermont faith communities are adding their voice to the discussion about immigrant farm workers in Vermont.
The Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society, which is made up of eight Christian denominations, released a statement on Monday at the Statehouse calling for "just and fair actions" regarding immigrants who work on many of the state's dairy farms.
The group says it has a moral imperative to treat one another with dignity and infinite respect.