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Feedstuffs: Immigration enforcement executive orders causing fear

President Donald Trump campaigned on taking a strong stance against individuals who are undocumented and living in the U.S., and recent executive actions have taken his promises to a new level of injecting fear in the countryside as well as buckling down on those who provide false documents.

This week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum that greatly expands policies designed to stem illegal immigration and facilitate the detection, apprehension, detention and removal of aliens who currently reside in the U.S.

“The result of that memo calls for vigorous enforcement. An employee was apprehended walking into Walmart,” Laurie Fischer, chief executive director of the American Dairy Coalition, said.

This new guidance dedicates significantly more federal law enforcement agents to immigration enforcement and includes an expansion of the “287(g) program,” which allows DHS to deputize state and local law enforcement officers to enforce the immigration laws by way of apprehending, detaining and deporting individuals.

“Police officers can determine if someone they see could be a criminal, and all they have to do is ask for documentation,” she said. “It appears the best protection to ensure a reliable labor force for the dairy and agriculture industry is to pass new legislation that will allow guest workers with visas.”

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