WG President and CEO Tom Nassif was heard on PRI’s The World Monday broadcast on 300 radio stations throughout North America, discussing immigration reform for agriculture. This report aired on the heels of an announcement Monday by Western Growers, where Nassif applauded a bi-partisan group of senators who released its principles for immigration reform.
The group included Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), two longtime champions for the immigration concerns of labor-intensive agriculture. The principles outlined by the group include a recognition of agriculture’s unique workforce needs and the necessity of developing a new agriculture worker visa program.
“We have worked for years with Senators McCain and Flake on a solution for the immigration crisis facing agriculture,” Nassif said. “We applaud them for developing these principles and look forward to working together with them along with Senators Feinstein and Rubio to ensure the agriculture piece of this critical legislation addresses our industry’s concerns once and for all.”
The bi-partisan Senate principles include a separate path to legalization for existing falsely-documented agriculture workers that would allow producers to keep their experienced workforce. The principles also propose creating a workable program for attracting new employees in the future to do many of these jobs which Americans are not taking.
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