Yesterday, House Democrats tried to inject a sense of urgency into the immigration reform debate by releasing a comprehensive reform bill.  The House Democratic bill is identical to the one that passed the Senate before the July 4th holiday, except it includes a border security section that the House Homeland Security Committee passed during the summer.  Will this bill become law? 

Dennis Nuxoll

Attached, is a letter dated September 27, 2013, which has already been received by a couple of the larger strawberry farming organizations in the County.

As you can see from the letter, the UFW intends to file Notices of Intent to Take Access with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board to take access on October 3, 4 and 5, 2013.  The alleged purpose of the access will be to advise workers of the bipartisan federal legislation to reform national immigration policy.  VCAA suspects that the UFW may be attempting to enlist the support of many of these workers for a protest march or other public media event on Saturday, October 5, which is a day of national mobilization in support of national immigration reform.

Jason Resnick

If you do not have enough farm workers to harvest your crops, Western Growers wants to know about it.  This is a critical time for immigration reform legislation in Congress and several Representatives have doubts about the need to for immigration reform and a new guest worker program.  Agriculture needs their support and their votes, so we need to keep demonstrating the crisis ag is facing by showing them and the news media, that crops will go un-harvested if we do not have enough workers.

Wendy Fink-Weber

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