Americans could possibly face a steep increase in the price for milk if ICE’s immigration raids target dairy farms. Hoosier Ag Today reported that Jaime Castaneda, the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Trade Policy for the National Milk Producers Federation, spoke on an immigration panel as part of the Consumer Federation of America’s National Food Policy Conference, warning consumers that immigration raids on milk farms could push the price of milk to as high as $8 a gallon. For reference, that is more than a 100 percent increase from the current median price for a gallon of milk, which is about $3.13.
Raids on dairy farms are not unprecedented. As Fusion reports, a couple of dairy farms were raided in 2013 in Michigan as federal agents investigated the owners for hiring and harboring undocumented immigrants for financial gain. Castaneda told the Consumer Federation of America’s National Food Policy Conference attendees that there is hope in the dairy industry that Congress can help immigrant farm workers, but it is shaky.
“We see what happened with the health insurance fiasco,” Castaneda told the conference attendees. “The probability of having something else pass is diminished.”