Governor Snyder wants to hire three more inspectors to investigate living conditions of migrant farm workers in the state. He wants to allocate $4000-thousand dollars in next year's budget.
Alberto Flores is with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and says that would mean a total of eight inspectors would be responsible for investigating the housing of more than 90-thousand migrant workers. He was a part of a study in 2010 that looked into the living conditions of farmers in the state. Flores says while some housing is up to par, that isn't always the case.
Flores says, “when they were down to bare minimum in terms of inspectors, they were only doing preseason inspections just so that the growers could open up the housing, the camps. With those inspectors that are going to be hired with those funds, it's to do in-season inspections when the farm workers are there and that's when we need the inspections,”
Flores says inspectors need to be able to see how people are living in order to determine what work needs to be done.
“Some of the trailers that I've seen, some of the dilapidated little huts that we've seen out in various areas in the state of Michigan that you know that they haven't been touched or actually been worked on in years and years, just kept at the bare minimum,” says Flores.