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Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Natasha Haverty

NY21 Green Party candidate: deport foreign farm workers

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The candidates in the race for New York's 21st District Congressional seat gathered Thursday night for a forum in Wanakena. At that forum, Green Party candidate Donald Hassig called for foreign workers on farms in the North Country to be rounded up and deported.

Hassig blasted plans put forward by the Democratic and Republican candidates to allow more laborers to work legally on dairy farms and apple orchards.

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"I do not want Mexicans on the farms of St. Lawrence County, or the farms of Clinton County, or the farms of Washington County — any of these farms," Hassig said.  

Hassig blasted migrant workers for not speaking English and, he alleged, mistreating livestock.

"I would like to see them get their asses kicked out of here," Hassig concluded, and he accused foreign workers of taking jobs away from Norh Country residents.

Hassig is a long-time environment and health activist. During last night's forum, he also called for the dissolution of the border between the US and Canada.

Republican Matt Doheny and Democrat Bill Owens both support rule changes that would allow more foreign laborers to work year-round on dairy farms in the region.


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