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Diplomat offers hope to Mexican dairy farm labor

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Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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EMILIO RABASA TALKS with two dairy workers from Mexico in the Foster Brothers Farm milking parlor Saturday. Independent photo/Gaen Murphree

MIDDLEBURY — Microphone in hand, Consul General Emilio Rabasa addressed Mexican nationals at a mobile consulate event in Middlebury last Saturday, exhorting an assortment of Mexican dairy farm workers to know their rights — rights guaranteed by federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

Later that afternoon he stood in a Middlebury barn chatting with two local dairy workers about their lives both at home and here in Vermont.

Both workers, as it turns out, were from the state of Chiapas — near where Rabasa himself grew up.

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