This week, the Ag Workforce Coalition (AWC), in conjunction with the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), launched the #ifarmimmigration campaign. The goal of this effort is to maximize the pro-immigration reform message and includes outreach to Congressional offices, grassroots and communications efforts.
One year ago I was spending much of my time on airplanes, in airports and in meeting rooms on Capitol Hill as I was shuttling back-and-forth between California and Washington, D.C., to be part of concluding negotiations on an immigration reform deal.
Today, during its annual retreat, House Republicans released their immigration reform standards. The standards have been anxiously anticipated by immigration reform supporters and provide the framework the GOP will use to guide the party through the forthcoming immigration debate.
Statement by Western Growers president and CEO Tom Nassif on the release of the GOP Immigration Reform Standards:
“I applaud Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and Whip Kevin McCarthy for their efforts to move immigration forward in the House. The standards drafted by the leadership represent a commitment to reforming our immigration system in a manner that respects the rule of law while strengthening the ability of agriculture to remain competitive in the world market. We especially applaud the specific acknowledgement of agriculture’s unique needs and look forward to working towards crafting a long term solution.
Last week, bi-partisan legislation was introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate that would restore the president’s authority to negotiate trade deals. Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Max Baucus (D-MT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Dave Camp (R-MI) both introduced Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that, once passed, will increase U.S. exports and support the creation of American jobs, including in the agriculture industry.
Last week, president and CEO of Western Growers, Tom Nassif, visited with the Editorial Board of the Denver Post to discuss the need for immigration reform, specifically as it relates to the agriculture industry. Nassif was accompanied by two of Western Growers newest members: Robert Sakata, Jr. of Sakata Farms and David Petrocco, Sr., of Petrocco Farms.