Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif made another trip to Washington, D.C. this week to generate support for Senate Bill 744, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” The agriculture provisions of the bill represent our best hope to secure a remedy that will legalize our existing workforce and provide a way to secure workers in the future. Several CEO members of the Agricultural Workforce Coalition (AWC) met and discussed current and upcoming efforts to generate support of the bill by the AWC, as well as by the individual member organizations.
On Tuesday, Nassif and other AWC CEOs met with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack about the Secretary’s role in supporting the bill. They met later, along with the UFW, with Senators Dianne Feinstein and Michael Bennet, and with staff from Senators Rubio and Hatch’s offices. They discussed the coalition’s commitment to the agreement reached by agriculture and farm worker advocates, and informed them of the outreach efforts underway to garner support for the bill. Organizations are mounting grassroots campaigns asking members to reach out with phone calls and emails to their senators over the next couple of weeks as the bill is being debated and considered in the Senate.
This is a critical moment and everyone needs to make his or her voice heard. Please contact your senator by phone at the U.S. Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121 or by sending a message through Voter Voice today, if you haven’t done so already. If you have operations in other states, please ask your employees to call their senators expressing support for S. 744.
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