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
- Improved Enforcement of Immigration Laws and Establish a Useable Worker Program
- The Ag Agenda: The Facts About Immigration ReformAFBF President Bob Stallman | March 2014
- AFBF Commentary: Immigration Reform, Important for AgricultureBy Robert Giblin | February 19, 2014
- Labor shortage forces Texas grower to destroy crops, cut back on acresFarm Bureau News | February 12, 2014
- Food Prices, Ag Economy Tied to Proper Labor ReformFarm Bureau Newsroom | February 10, 2014
- Immigration detainers down at county jail Jul 25, 2014 - The Pantagraph
- Immigration Jenkins describes 'combat zone' conditions at U.S.-Mexico border Jul 25, 2014 - The Frederick News-Post
- Immigrant-children crisis reaches into Pa. Jul 24, 2014 - The Philadelphia Inquirer