Date: Jul 08, 2014
Nassif Joins Business Leaders in DC to Push for Immigration Reform

Western Growers’ President and CEO Tom Nassif will join with several leaders from the business community at a press conference in Washington, D.C. tomorrow July 9, to push for congressional action on immigration reform.  With the window of opportunity closing for meaningful reform this year, several CEOs representing business, manufacturing and agriculture associations will come together to promote a ‘Day of Action’ in support of immigration reform. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for a New American Economy, American Farm Bureau Federation, Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers and AmericanHort will join with Western Growers to show Congress and the Administration that the business community is united and not ready to give up on securing a new and better immigration system that will bring a needed economic boost to the county. 

Speakers will include the following:  THOMAS J. DONOHUE, president & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; JOHN ENGLER, president, Business Roundtable and former Michigan governor; JAY TIMMONS, president & CEO; National Association of Manufacturers; TOM NASSIF, president & CEO, Western Growers; and JOHN STINEMAN, Partnership for a New American Economy.

 “The effect of inaction on immigration reform is devastating to the fresh produce industry and consumers,” said WG president and CEO, Tom Nassif. “We rely on people to plant and harvest the nutritious and domestic supply of food for Americans and for export. Many of these workers are unauthorized, but are willing and able to do the work. It’s been demonstrated many times that Americans won’t work in the fields so why won’t our elected officials provide us the means to have a legal, reliable workforce?  If no solution is provided, production will continue to move overseas along with the jobs agriculture supports in rural communities across America,” he added.

In addition to this press conference in Washington, D.C., local events in more than 60 key congressional districts spanning 25 states will also occur.  Events in Arkansas, California, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana,  Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin will feature representatives from state and local employer organizations, state farm bureaus, as well as local businesses and industry leaders rallying in support of immigration reform in a single day.  The events are designed to demonstrate that various business industries and sectors spanning numerous geographic boundaries favor the modernization of our country’s immigration laws.     

Use the Twitter hashtag #ActOnImmigration to follow stories and information related to the event.

WG Staff Contact

Ken Barbic
Sr. Director, Federal Government Affairs
202-296-0191 x7302

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