Grassley Immigration Plan: Trump Support, But No H-2A Fix

February 15, 2018 11:51 AM

This week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.) introduced an immigration bill, and President Trump is throwing his support behind it.

The plan includes what Trump has outlined as four pillars: a “lasting solution” for the children of immigrants called Dreamers who are living in the U.S. illegally, building a border wall, reforming family-based immigration, and getting rid of the diversity visa lottery.

Trump is urging both parties to back the bill, saying in a statement, “I am asking all senators…to oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill these four pillars—that includes opposing any short-term ‘Band-Aid’ approach.”

As for how Grassley’s bill will impact agriculture, it does not include changes to the current H-2A program or a provision to move the ag guest worker oversight to the USDA.

“Nothing in this bill deals with a change of legal immigration, so consequently that will come on the second round of immigration debate,” he said in a press conference.

Grassley believes the bill can be signed Thursday night.

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Spell Check

Ed King
Schuylerville, NY
2/16/2018 09:19 AM

  Well, Grassley’s Bill garnered the fewest votes of any that were advanced to the Senate Floor for vote yesterday. And, your spending your reader’s time with it? In today’s vernacular, “Get Real”, it’s Dead! As an industry, we must realize that we have to actively support with absolute commitment, proposals which will solve our industry’s problems. No partial fixes accompanied by promises to address the real problems that exist. Be bold! Stop coddling legislators, regardless of party affiliation, who don’t produce. For many of them, it’s all about re-election. Solving our industry’s problems is not on their front burner. Vote the rascals out! Elect those who are ready to make government work to solve the problems and issues that are affecting our industry. Presently we’re faced with with many elected officials whose priorities are all about them rather than us.


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