From WWNYTV.com, 7 News Watertown NY, “Friday: Gillibrand ‘Concerned’ in Migrant Worker Case,” 1 Apr 2011.
[Watertown, NY] — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is using strong language to express ‘concern’ about the federal government’s handling of migrant farm workers in northern New York.
Gillibrand’s comments come after a tense week in Jefferson County in which a migrant farm worker died in an accident.
The investigation of that accident led to immigration agents taking several other workers into custody and later arresting one of the farm’s owners.
(Read our coverage here.)
“I am writing because I have received numerous constituent complaints regarding the recent arrest at Butterville Farms in Henderson, NY,” Gillibrand said in a letter to homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano.
“While I underatand and appreciate the urgency of effective immigration enforcement, it is important that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) exercise prudence in making its arrests.
“I am concerned with the level of aggression in last week’s arrests at Butterville Farms,” Gillibrand wrote.
Specifically, she notes “the son of the man who died (in the farm accident) was forced by ICE to sit in a patrol car for hours looking at his father’s body, before being detained.”
Gillibrand says she is ‘alarmed’ by apparent racial profiling in ICE actions in northern New York.
(Read Gillibrand’s letter here.)