Now that President Obama has laid out his plan to use executive actions to alter the way current immigration laws are enforced, Ag employers are considering the impacts on their workforce.  Most details are not yet available, but it appears that many of the changes that could impact the industry may take months.  One thing is certain: the president is not enacting any special policies or regulations to help agriculture as he is doing for businesses that hire high-skilled workers.

Jason Resnick

“Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make laws and pass immigration reform legislation critical to the needs of our industry,” said Western Growers President and CEO, Tom Nassif,  in a statement released to the press  in anticipation of the executive action the president will take later today. The president intends to announce tonight, actions which will remove the threat of deportation for up to five million people. The president’s executive order will expand upon the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that was implemented in 2012 to include parents of U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident children.

Ken Barbic

This year’s Western Growers Annual Meeting is proving very popular as sign-ups are coming in at a record pace and rooms at the Bellagio Hotel are going fast.  If you haven’t done so already, make your reservations today and also register for WG’s 89th Annual Meeting, November 2 – 5 in Las Vegas. Gary Pasquinelli and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno will light up the Awards Dinner on Tuesday night. You will also not want to miss seeing Michelle Malkin of Fox News fame at the PAC Lunch on Monday as she squares off against syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette on the issue of immigration reform.  As Congress remains deadlocked on solving the problem, the controversy continues and the tension simmers.

Randy Hause

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