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NMPF: Time Ripe For Immigration Reform

January 16, 2013
By: Jim Dickrell, Dairy Today Editor
 
 

In a conference call with dairy media this morning, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) officials say the prospects for immigration reform are better this year than in the past decade.

Last week, NMPF announced it was part of Agricultural Workforce Coalition (AWC) that encompasses 11 agricultural organizations pushing for reform.

Jerry Kozak, NMPF President and CEO, cites three reasons why reform this year is likely:

1. The impact of the November election on Republicans in which many noted the huge majority of Hispanic voters who rejected Republican candidates.
2. President Obama’s hope for a "legacy achievement" in immigration reform.
3. Widespread belief by the American business community that the "don’t ask, don’t tell" approach to undocumented workers is unsustainable.

"We will try to fold the agricultural piece into the overall immigration reform package," Kozak says. But he says AWC is prepared to work toward a separate agricultural labor bill if a comprehensive package stalls in Congress.

The first efforts will likely come in the U.S. Senate, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) leading a bi-partisan effort.

The AWC proposal addresses both foreign-born workers already here and future workers as well. The general outline for a guest worker program is outlined below, pulled from the AWC website:


Agricultural Worker Program

The uncapped Agricultural Worker Visa Program ("AWP") will ensure agriculture’s future legal workforce. The AWP allows both employer and employee choice and flexibility by including two options:

"At-Will" employees have the freedom to move from employer to employer without any contractual commitment. They would have a visa term of up to 11 months with USDA registered employers and then return home for 30 days. There would be no limit on the number of times a person could obtain the 11-month visa.

Contract employees commit to work for an employer for a fixed period of time and would have a visa term of up to 12 months (renewable indefinitely), and conditioned upon a commitment to return to their home country for at least 30 days over a 3-year period.

Current Workforce

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