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Four Former Ag Secretaries Write Letter In Support of Senate Immigration Bill

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:02:00 CDT

Four Former Ag Secretaries Write Letter In Support of Senate Immigration Bill
Former Agriculture Secretaries John Block, Clayton Yeutter, Mike Espy and Dan Glickman today called on the Senate to pass S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. A copy of the letter sent by the secretaries appears below:

June 26, 2013

The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
United States Senate
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Minority Leader
United States Senate
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell:

As past leaders of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we urge your support for S. 744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. The provisions in the bill that address immigration reform for agriculture will help ensure that our farms and ranches remain competitive, and that Americans continue to have access to the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world.

During our tenures as Secretary, each of us has seen firsthand the growing inability of America's farmers, ranchers and growers to find the workers they need to harvest crops, care for animals or maintain healthy orchards. This is a problem that has been growing in severity and intensity for the past three decades. What once might have been seen as a problem for only one segment of producers in a specific region of the country is now a problem for a broad range of farmers and ranchers nationwide.

S. 744 is the best opportunity in decades to fix this problem, and to fix it in a way that ensures that our farmers and ranchers continue to have access to a stable and secure workforce for years to come and that both U.S. and foreign-born workers are treated fairly.

We also find it to be a notable and positive development that groups representing a broad cross section of American agriculture-including those that represent both agricultural employers and farm workers-have joined together in supporting the agricultural provisions in this bill.

Thank you for your attention to this vital issue for American agriculture and we again
urge your support for S. 744.


The Honorable John R. Block The Honorable Mike Espy
Secretary of Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture

The Honorable Clayton Yeutter
Secretary of Agriculture

The Honorable Mike Espy
Secretary of Agriculture

The Honorable Dan Glickman
Secretary of Agriculture



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