Last Thursday, I participated on behalf of Western Growers in a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden in his office.  Now that the president has revealed Speaker Boehner’s decision not to allow a vote on the House floor on immigration reform, which he says is based on a lack of trust in the president, I can say that the vice president shared this with us last week.  Biden also said there would be administrative actions to reduce the adverse effects of that decision on workers currently in this country illegally.  He would not share what those actions would be, but emphasized they would respect the separation of powers by being clearly constitutional.

Wendy Fink-Weber

Many members of the House on both sides of the aisle have expressed the need to pass legislation fixing our broken immigration system. While the Senate took action by passing S. 744, the House has yet to pass a single bill to reform our immigration system. With 16 legislative days remaining until the House adjourns for its August recess, the urgency for action mounts as a key window for action closes.

Recap of immigration reform action by the U.S. House of Representatives for the day ending June 26, 2014:

Bills passed: 0

 

It has been 364 days since the Senate passed S. 744 with no action by the full House.

As June 26, 2014, there are only 16 scheduled legislative days left to pass immigration reform before the House adjourns for its August recess.  

Twitter Hashtags: #ready4reform #ifarmimmigration #immigration

Ken Barbic

In an employment case with significant implications for production agriculture, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that falsely documented employees may successfully sue their employers for back wages under the state’s anti-discrimination laws. The Court held that the state Fair Employment and Housing Act is generally not preempted by federal immigration law, but that federal preemption does bar an award for lost pay damages under the FEHA for any period of time after an employer discovers the employee is ineligible under federal law to work in the United States.  However, falsely documented employees may still pursue and recover damages against the employer, including post-termination back pay for the period when the employee was not authorized to work and did not actually perform work until the fraud was discovered. 

 

Jason Resnick

This afternoon, Western Growers' President and CEO Tom Nassif, and a group of agricultural leaders and producers, met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss immigration reform. Legislative action to address our broken immigration system remains the top priority for agriculture this year. Agricultural leaders, along with representatives from the faith and law enforcement communities, emphasized their commitment to putting continued pressure on Congress to act.

Wendy Fink-Weber

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