Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News last week that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activities will be directed toward deporting felons, not farmworkers. Sessions said the Justice Department does not intend to target illegal immigrants who have not committed crimes beyond illegally entering the country.

In response to his statements, Western Growers’ President and CEO Tom Nassif released the following statement:

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There is plenty of uncertainty in Washington D.C. and across the country about how the Trump Administration will move forward on immigration and enforcement issues following the issuance of several Executive Orders and memoranda by the Department of Homeland Security. Some of the orders and memoranda suggest enforcement efforts may be bolstered in non-border areas. It may never happen, but is your business prepared if Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) comes knocking at your door?

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Immigration has been a critical issue for Western Growers members. For years, we have fought for a legal and stable workforce that not only supports our industry but ensures those who have worked along side our members are treated with decency and respect.

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