Farm Bureau continues fight for comprehensive immigration reform
» April 7, 2006 «
Although disappointed that the U.S. Senate could not finish work on immigration reform today, the California Farm Bureau Federation said it remains convinced that progress has been made on the path to comprehensive reform.
"We've been working on this issue for more than 20 years and we'll continue for as long as it takes to achieve meaningful reform," California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said. "We know we've made some progress and we have certainly increased public awareness on the issue."
Farm Bureau has urged Congress to adopt a comprehensive immigration-reform package, combining enhanced border enforcement with a flexible guestworker program to allow immigrants to enter the country legally to harvest crops.
"This is a pause in the process, not the end," Mosebar said. "Eventually, Congress must meet this issue head on. California family farmers and ranchers will press our representatives to create a system that allows people to earn legal status by continuing to work and continuing to obey the law."
The California Farm Bureau Federation, the state's largest farm organization, works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 88,000 members.
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