Clovis: 75% of Americans Want People in U.S. Here Legally

September 29, 2016 02:59 PM

Roughly 50 percent of hired crop farmworkers are not legally authorized to work in the U.S., while those with work authorization sits around 19 percent, according to the USDA

On Thursday, Sam Clovis, Donald Trump’s Agriculture Advisor, spoke on AgriTalk about several issues, immigration and its relation to farmers and ranchers was a key point.

Immigration reform is one of the centerpieces in the campaign, and it was how the campaign started.

“We hope that will carry us to victory,” said Clovis.

Listen to Clovis on immigration below: 

If elected, Clovis said Trump will talk to farmers and ranchers to make sure immigration reform won’t “adversely affect” them. They don’t want to “cripple any industry,” especially agriculture.

"We want the best possible process in place with farmers and ranchers," said Clovis.

According to Clovis, there won't be any exceptions to immigration reform. He says if there's an exception in ag, there will be exceptions in other areas such as the tech industry in Silicon Valley and the hotel industry. That would lead to a sort of blanket amnesty which the administration does not want.

"People will have to be legal to work in this country," said Clovis.

He also mentioned the “great program” for immigration in the 40s and 50s and how the campaign would like to bring that back since it worked well, according to Clovis.

Clovis stressed that if Trump becomes president, they won’t “round everyone up” on his first day in office, saying immigration reform will take time and they need a plan in place.

Listen to Clovis's full appearance on AgriTalk below: 

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Spell Check

Don Honda
Kansas City, KS
9/30/2016 01:22 PM

  The U.S. currently has eleven non immigrant guest worker visa programs. There is no cap on the number of workers allowed into the U.S. under the H-2A temporary agricultural guest worker visa program. "The provision could more than triple the number of H-2B visas for foreign workers seeking jobs at hotels, theme parks, ski resorts, golf courses, landscaping businesses, restaurants and bars. The move is intended to boost the supply of non-agricultural seasonal workers." Alabama had to bite the bullet and hire LEGAL Immigrants for its AG Industry: Africans Relocate to Alabama to Fill Jobs After Immigration Law "East Coast began calling Atlanta refugee agencies several months ago looking for legal immigrants to come to Alabama for a year, said Mbanfu, refugee employment director for Lutheran Services in Atlanta. He said the company would have taken as many refugees as he could refer. The agency connected East Coast with refugees who had been in the country three to five years, he said."

Don Honda
Kansas City, KS
9/30/2016 01:23 PM Immigration raids yield jobs for legal workers 'When federal agents descended on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. in December 2006, they rounded up nearly 1,300 suspected illegal immigrants that made up about 10% of the labor force at the plants. But the raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents did not cripple the company or the plants. In fact, they were back up and running at full staff within months by replacing those removed with a significant number of native-born Americans, according to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). "Whenever there's an immigration raid, you find white, black and legal immigrant labor lining up to do those jobs that Americans will supposedly not do," said Swain, who teaches law and political science."

Don Honda
Kansas City, KS
9/30/2016 01:24 PM

  Here are Polls that show what US Citizens want: