California Dairy Group Praises Immigration Reform Agreement

April 13, 2013 05:32 AM
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Says agreement represents a major step toward ensuring that America’s farmers and ranchers have access to a legal workforce.

Source: Western Untied Dairymen

Western United Dairymen on Friday welcomed an agreement on immigration reform reached by the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, the United Farm Workers (UFW) and key Senators engaged in the process.

WUD is a founding member of the AWC, an organization working toward a viable solution for America’s farmers and ranchers to have access to a legal workforce now and in the future.

"The framework and objectives of this agreement represent a major step toward ensuring that," said WUD CEO Michael Marsh.

"The coalition is committed to including an agricultural guest worker program and supporting the general framework negotiated in any final immigration reform package," explained Marsh. "As members of Congress begin the process of drafting legislative language, we look forward to working with them to ensure that the bill details reflect the goals and intent of this framework agreement."

Marsh praised Sen. Dianne Feinstein for her many years of work on immigration reform. "Senator Feinstein has been a tireless advocate on behalf of California’s dairy families in trying to find a comprehensive solution," said Marsh.

He also thanked Senators Marco Rubio, Orrin Hatch and Michael Bennet for helping to foster the agreement between agriculture employers and farm workers.

WUD is a voluntary membership organization representing more than 60% of the milk produced in California. Membership benefits include resources in labor law, environmental regulations and pricing issues. Members decide the direction of state and federal legislative efforts affecting the dairy industry.

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