United Fresh Issues Statement On Immigration Reform

United Fresh Produce Association president and CEO Tom Stenzel released the following statement on Tuesday’s introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL):

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“The United Fresh Produce Association applauds the efforts of Rep. Luis Gutierrez and his colleagues in the House in introducing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR-ASAP). We are particularly gratified to see inclusion of the AgJOBS legislation, which is broadly supported as a balanced, comprehensive solution for our nation’s agricultural labor crisis.

“Agricultural employers have been adversely affected by targeted immigration enforcement by state and federal authorities. Additionally, the federal government has repeatedly modified regulations for temporary worker programs, causing significant confusion and economic harm to farmers and other employers across the U.S.

“Many of these issues would be eliminated if AgJOBS were passed, providing a clear set of rules for agricultural employers to follow. AgJOBS can help ensure access to a stable and sufficient workforce for American agriculture, while providing the necessary security that our country demands.

“We appreciate that Congressman Gutierrez included a fair and thorough solution for agriculture within the larger CIR-ASAP, and look forward to working with Congress in passing this critical AgJOBS legislation.”

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Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

An improvement in the H2A program would be a much better solution.Turning all the illegials into citizens is no solution.We need a better way to hire temporary legal workers like H2A,instead of legalizing all the illegal workers in our country.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

H2a is not a good solution as the costs are far to high and once again allows government to dictate conditions that are the responsibility of the employer and a road to forced unionization. The answer lies in congress recongnizing that we need farm labor in this country and to stop the unreasonable limitation on the numbers coming in for farm work Congress can control their own spending , how are they able to have a clue as to the number of workers needed? Let supply and demand work and give work visa’s to those who want to come and work in the aglabor industry!

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

I agree with bobby. Making (giving) all the
ILLEGALS an easy pass just because they chose
to break our laws is just crazy. What has
happened to our country’s moral compass? Kick
the ILLEGALS out and improve the H2A program.
We have given up enough of OUR RIGHTS in the
past year or so.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

You have to remember the real reason that the illegal situation even exists today. The reason the illiegals were ALLOWED to enter the country was and is to break the backs of the American worker. To reduce the wages of middle-America and to force us on to the tit of government so we become more dependant on the government for subsistance.
Now there are few manufactering jobs left there since the gloablists have shipped them off shore. The wages of the average person are declining due to cheap illegal labor.
To give the illeagals a free ride will only benefit BIG GOVERNMENT. Legalizing the illegals is a scheme to collect taxes from a portion of the population that evades paying the federal reserve their portion of the illegal income tax!!! Rest assured they will be given a free ride because the international bankers who run this country will see to it!!!

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

An improvement in the H2A program would be a much better solution.Turning all the illegials into citizens is no solution.We need a better way to hire temporary legal workers like H2A,instead of legalizing all the illegal workers in our country.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

H2a is not a good solution as the costs are far to high and once again allows government to dictate conditions that are the responsibility of the employer and a road to forced unionization. The answer lies in congress recongnizing that we need farm labor in this country and to stop the unreasonable limitation on the numbers coming in for farm work Congress can control their own spending , how are they able to have a clue as to the number of workers needed? Let supply and demand work and give work visa’s to those who want to come and work in the aglabor industry!

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

I agree with bobby. Making (giving) all the
ILLEGALS an easy pass just because they chose
to break our laws is just crazy. What has
happened to our country’s moral compass? Kick
the ILLEGALS out and improve the H2A program.
We have given up enough of OUR RIGHTS in the
past year or so.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

You have to remember the real reason that the illegal situation even exists today. The reason the illiegals were ALLOWED to enter the country was and is to break the backs of the American worker. To reduce the wages of middle-America and to force us on to the tit of government so we become more dependant on the government for subsistance.
Now there are few manufactering jobs left there since the gloablists have shipped them off shore. The wages of the average person are declining due to cheap illegal labor.
To give the illeagals a free ride will only benefit BIG GOVERNMENT. Legalizing the illegals is a scheme to collect taxes from a portion of the population that evades paying the federal reserve their portion of the illegal income tax!!! Rest assured they will be given a free ride because the international bankers who run this country will see to it!!!