Official word came from Capitol Hill late yesterday that immigration reform will not be addressed this year. Few entities have worked harder on reform measures for migrant labor than North Carolina Farm Bureau and President Larry Wooten:
“We heard the same message, we have suspected it for several weeks now. But you don’t know how disappointed and frustrated I am personally, and the entire NC Farm Bureau and the Ag industry. And the business community across this nation. I am just so disappointed in Congress as a whole, as an instrument that is supposed to be good for the country, they failed to take action on an action that has been proven to be so important to the people of the nation.”
As far as why immigration reform has been tabled is obvious to Wooten:
“No question in my mind the shut down and the tremendous problems they are having with the Affordable Care Act, those two issues just took the focus of the Congress off of immigration.”
As to when immigration reform might bubble back to the surface, Wooten says it’s anybody’s guess:
“I was certainly hopeful with all of the work and effort and money on the interest on the part of many groups, and the willingness for them to say that the issue needs to be fixed now than in 2007 when it was looked at previously.”
Wooten feels that 2014’s mid-term elections will prevent meaningful reform from being addressed before 2015.
President of North Carolina Farm Bureau, Larry Wooten.