This year’s Western Growers Annual Meeting is proving very popular as sign-ups are coming in at a record pace and rooms at the Bellagio Hotel are going fast. If you haven’t done so already, make your reservations today and also register for WG’s 89th Annual Meeting, November 2 – 5 in Las Vegas. Gary Pasquinelli and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno will light up the Awards Dinner on Tuesday night. You will also not want to miss seeing Michelle Malkin of Fox News fame at the PAC Lunch on Monday as she squares off against syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette on the issue of immigration reform. As Congress remains deadlocked on solving the problem, the controversy continues and the tension simmers.
The immigration debate is personal for these two. Michelle is the daughter of Filipino immigrants, and Ruben is the grandson of a Mexican immigrant. She opposes comprehensive immigration reform -- "amnesty" as she calls it, and he supports it. The major argument is over whether illegal immigrants should get a pathway to legal status or even U.S. citizenship.
Michelle says no. She thinks a pathway to legal status or citizenship is "amnesty" and that forgiving bad behavior just encourages more of it and will give way to another 10 million or 20 million illegal immigrants crossing the border over the next decade.
Ruben says yes. He thinks the 11 million undocumented immigrants are never going home, and, if we continue to deport them, many of them will come back because they have families here and there are more jobs in the U.S. than in their home countries.
Malkin vs. Navarrette -- Together onstage going head-to-head. This is the matchup you will not want to miss. Plan to attend the Political Action Committee Luncheon on Monday, November 3.
REGISTER NOW for the 89th WG Annual Meeting! Early registration discounts are available only until Sept. 29. Sponsorship positions are also available.
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