Growers To File Complaint Over Border Patrol Agents’ Treatment Of Farmworkers

New York fruit growers are alleging that their workers have been unfairly pulled over and harassed by border patrol agents in Wayne County. Farm Bureau president Phil Wagner says it has reached the point where some seasonal employees have stopped going to work, www.whec.com reports. Wagner says four of his friend Brian Doyle’s Mexican workers were pulled over last week, and when Doyle offered to show his employees’ paperwork to the agent, the agent said he didn’t need to see anything and that they were illegal.

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According to a border patrol spokesperson, the car was stopped on the side of the road already, and the agents treated it as a routine traffic stop. The spokesperson also alleges that the workers said they were illegal. Once the workers’ fingerprints were run through the system, they were found to be illegal. The four workers will be forced to return to Mexico.

Farmers are planning to file a complaint with the U.S. Attorney’s office over the treatment of the workers.

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Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

I wonder what “paperwork” Doyle was going to show border patrol on his illegal Mexican workers. It’s not really harassment when border patrol stops suspected illegals, runs their prints to determine they are indeed in this country illegally, and begins processing them back to their country of origin. Seasonal employees who are here legally through the H2-A program are required to be housed on the farm. They do not come with vehicles of their own or unemployed family members in tow. Legal seasonal farm workers should have no trouble going to work, and the illegal ones should get no sympathy.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Christine, how many caucasian drivers by the side of the road are questioned by agents? Some of us in this country try to avoid the presumption of guilt by skin color. I guess that holds unless you have the position of “agent”. Change your skin color and you’re a “suspected illegal”? Either question everyone with car trouble or wait for an obvious infraction of the law to pull someone over to question.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

What’s the point of even having border patrol if they aren’t allowed to do their job?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Sounds like the BP agent was doing His/Her job. Thanks BPS, only about 12 million more to go. But don’t forget to check those construction sites in the south.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

With processed fruit concentrate available at $.03-$.04/lb in china, we are all much better off to let those fruit farms perish, I hope you like melamine in your baby food, or maybe just a little ecoli to round out their diet.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

What are the “Border Patrol Agents” doing away from the BORDER???? Oh yeah, that’s right NY State is a “Constitution Free State” 100 miles into the state south of the Canadian Border. And also 100 miles inland form the coast.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

I wonder what “paperwork” Doyle was going to show border patrol on his illegal Mexican workers. It’s not really harassment when border patrol stops suspected illegals, runs their prints to determine they are indeed in this country illegally, and begins processing them back to their country of origin. Seasonal employees who are here legally through the H2-A program are required to be housed on the farm. They do not come with vehicles of their own or unemployed family members in tow. Legal seasonal farm workers should have no trouble going to work, and the illegal ones should get no sympathy.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Christine, how many caucasian drivers by the side of the road are questioned by agents? Some of us in this country try to avoid the presumption of guilt by skin color. I guess that holds unless you have the position of “agent”. Change your skin color and you’re a “suspected illegal”? Either question everyone with car trouble or wait for an obvious infraction of the law to pull someone over to question.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

What’s the point of even having border patrol if they aren’t allowed to do their job?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Sounds like the BP agent was doing His/Her job. Thanks BPS, only about 12 million more to go. But don’t forget to check those construction sites in the south.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

With processed fruit concentrate available at $.03-$.04/lb in china, we are all much better off to let those fruit farms perish, I hope you like melamine in your baby food, or maybe just a little ecoli to round out their diet.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

What are the “Border Patrol Agents” doing away from the BORDER???? Oh yeah, that’s right NY State is a “Constitution Free State” 100 miles into the state south of the Canadian Border. And also 100 miles inland form the coast.