Farmers Press Congress for Immigration Reform
During a call organized by the National Immigration Forum last week – farmers from the states of Washington, New York, Arizona and North Carolina said congressional inaction on immigration, federal enforcement of current laws and stricter state laws are leaving fruits and vegetables rotting on the vine. The Obama Administration has conducted raids on illegal immigrants – trying to get the public to see how immigration reform could move forward – but they have caused many longtime ag workers to be deported. These workers are skilled workers – according to NIF Executive Director Ali Noorani. New Yorker Maureen Torrey – Torrey Farms Marketing Vice President – says Congress needs to develop a common sense farm worker program. But with immigration reform a controversial topic – many members of Congress have shied away from discussing it. There’s now a growing coalition of growers, law enforcement officials and others in the immigration issue.