Congress is currently considering legislation that would reform our immigration system. Exactly what our members of Congress do, or do not do, will affect your ability to find and keep the workers you need for your business. The Senate has already passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill (S 744), and the House of Representatives is still working towards a plan for floor action on immigration legislation when the summer recess ends in September. Most representatives are now working in their home districts. You can make a difference in your own backyard to convince your Congressman that agriculture needs and deserves a stable, legal workforce through immigration legislation. Western Growers and the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) have materials that can help with your recess efforts.
Western Growers has prepared talking points and other background information that can be found on our website. The AWC has a website and an “Advocacy Toolkit” to help you with the messages, media and methods that can persuade legislators to our solutions. Write an op-ed for your local newspaper (read the op-ed in today’s Fresno Bee by Carol Chandler, John Harris, Fred LoBue, Harold McClarty and Steve Patricio); meet with your local newspaper’s editorial board; write a letter to the editor; meet with your representative; attend his or her town hall meeting; Here are listings for: Sam Farr, Tom McClintock, David Valadao (Aug. 21 at 8 a.m. Selma Senior Center). Check it out and make a difference.
Please Contact Western Growers staff (Ken Barbic, Dennis Nuxoll, or Wendy Fink-Weber) if you have questions or need further assistance. Also, let us know what activities you undertake and what you’re hearing in your district.
If you have not done so already, please send a message of your support for immigration reform to your congressional representative. It takes only a few minutes. Just click here to go to WG’s Grassroots Action Center.
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