Date: Jun 26, 2014

This afternoon, Western Growers' President and CEO Tom Nassif, and a group of agricultural leaders and producers, met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss immigration reform. Legislative action to address our broken immigration system remains the top priority for agriculture this year. Agricultural leaders, along with representatives from the faith and law enforcement communities, emphasized their commitment to putting continued pressure on Congress to act.

Statement from Western Growers President and CEO, Tom Nassif:

“Time is running out and the labor crisis facing agriculture must be addressed. I told the vice president that we will continue working with members of Congress and Republican Leadership to find a path forward on this critical issue. We understand that the time for leadership and action on this issue is now and we are committed to working to ensure steps are taken to address the immigration concerns of agriculture. I also emphasized that Democrats in the House need to compromise on a path to legalization and fight for citizenship in a conference and if they don't have a problem with border security provisions they need to make that more clear.”

Also participating in the meeting today were two Western Growers producers, Kevin Murphy, President and COO, Driscoll’s, Watsonville, CA, and Nan Walden, Vice President and Counsel at Farmers Investment Company and Green Valley Pecan, Sahuarita, AZ.

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