AWC Statement on Immigration Reform and the 114th CongressWed, 14 Jan 2015 11:13:05 CST
"America's immigration system remains broken, unable to provide farmers and ranchers with the stable, secure and skilled workforce they need to grow and harvest the food we eat. As the House's action today brings renewed focus to the broad issue of immigration, the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, speaking as the unified voice of producers across the country, again calls on Congress to act to address the sector's labor crisis. We look forward to working with Congress in the weeks and months ahead to see legislation passed to resolve this pressing issue.
"In doing so, the AWC believes that any proposal to address the situation must include both the current agricultural workforce many members of which are unauthorized to work in the U.S. and the future labor needs of agricultural employers. It must also provide a solution that works for all of agriculture, including producers with seasonal need for workers and those with year-round needs."
About the Agriculture Workforce Coalition:
The Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) brings together over 70 organizations representing the diverse needs of agricultural employers across the country. AWC serves as the unified voice of agriculture in the effort to ensure that America's farmers, ranchers and growers have access to a stable and secure workforce.
The steering committee of the AWC consists of: American Farm Bureau Federation, AmericanHort, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, National Council of Agricultural Employers, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Milk Producers Federation, USA Farmers, U.S. Apple Association, United Fresh Produce Association, Western Growers Association, and Western United Dairymen.
To learn more about AWC, visit our website at www.agworkforcecoalition.org.
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