Farm Bureau supports immigration reform that addresses American agriculture’s needs today and in the future. Reforming U.S. immigration law is essential to agriculture.
Reforms to the immigration system must assure that American agriculture has a legal, stable supply of workers, both in the short- and long-term. This means:
Dealing responsibly with our existing workforce.
Providing reliably for the future by assuring that farmers and ranchers have access to a usable worker program that responds to agriculture’s unique needs.
Clearly, border security and employer enforcement are important parts of the debate, but such provisions alone cannot solve the problem.
What’s at Stake?
Farmers and ranchers face a shortage of workers who are willing and able to work on farms and in fields. A Farm Bureau economic analysis concluded that $5 billion to $9 billion in annual production is in jeopardy if the employee shortage cannot be filled.
To most U.S. residents seeking employment, these conditions are not attractive. Yet, for many prospective workers from other countries, these jobs present real economic opportunities.
This includes attracting a sufficient number of competent, willing and able employees to sustain and grow production; allowing the recruitment and hiring of non-resident agricultural workers when the need is demonstrated; and allowing an opportunity for some current non-resident agricultural workers to apply for legal resident status.
- A Legal Workforce for Agriculture
- Youth Employment Regulations
- Improved Enforcement of Immigration Laws and Establish a Useable Worker Program
- Chertoff makes push for immigration change in RaleighRaleigh News & Observer | September 11, 2013
- Guest column: Farmers need meaningful immigration reformGreenville News | August 24, 2013
- AFBF, 400 Others Call for House Immigration ReformFarm Bureau Newsroom | July 30, 2013
- Immigration Reform Critical for AgricultureFocus on Agriculture | June 5, 2013
- Why Immigration Reform Is NeededAgriculture Workforce Coalition
- Immigration vital to Wisconsin agriculture, farmers tell Baldwin Dec 7, 2013 - La Crosse Tribune
- LIers join fast for immigration reform Dec 7, 2013 - Newsday
- Immigration activists team with women's movement in push for rights Dec 6, 2013 - McClatchy Washington Bureau