With the House ramping up its focus on immigration reform, Tom Nassif returned to Washington, DC for meetings with Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) partners and members of Congress. This month, ag is making a full-court press to get legislation passed in the House and advanced to conference process with the Senate where differences can be reconciled and legislation can be enacted to fix our broken immigration system and secure a legal, stable workforce for the fresh produce industry.
Yesterday, Nassif along with several other agriculture constituents met with Rep. Jeff Denham, a supporter of ag immigration reform, immediately after the House Republican conference meeting on immigration. In the Republican Conference meeting, Denham said, “No more excuses. It’s time for action.”
Today, Nassif met with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) along with several representatives from the faith and business community to discuss the best ways these various groups can see the process move forward in the House. Nassif along with the AWC CEOs also met with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who is leading the House efforts to develop individual immigration bills that could be considered in that body.
The timeline for legislation moving through the House is uncertain, although Republicans are united about not moving the Senate bill but also would like to move forward to address the broken immigration system in a manner that the House sees best.
July is a critical month before Congress adjourns for the month of August. If you have not already sent a message to your representative in the U.S. House, please take five minutes to do so now.
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