Date: Jun 27, 2013

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Statement by Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif on the passage of S. 744, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act:”
“We thank the senators who voted in support of S. 744 today.  For some it was an act of courage and statesmanship to do so, but a necessary step to fix an intractable problem that has adversely affected the economy, the integrity of our borders and the lives of millions of individuals seeking a better future.  We look forward to the passage of a companion measure in the House of Representatives soon that will deal with this critical issue the way it should be dealt with, in a conference committee.  Our immigration system is broken. Without leadership and courage from our elected representatives and workable new legislation to correct these problems, it cannot be fixed.  The hardworking farmers, farm workers and workers from every affected industry deserve a new immigration system from its elected representatives.  Anything less than an earnest effort to solve this problem would be a breach of office."
About Western Growers:
Since 1926, we have represented local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona and California. Our members provide half the nation’s fresh fruits and vegetables including a third of America’s fresh organic produce. Some also farm throughout the U.S. and in other countries so people have year-round access to nutritious food. For generations we have provided variety and healthy choices as the first line of defense against obesity and disease.


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