American Farm Bureau Federation cautions states on Immigration

January 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

States that crack down on illegal immigrants should also help farmers who need seasonal labor, the nation’s largest farm lobbying group said. And if Congress doesn’t overhaul immigration, farmers will assist the federal government in helping states create programs that give growers access to enough legal labor, under a policy approved at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The policy retains the Farm Bureau’s long-held view that immigration policy should be set by the federal government. “So far, all of these state programs have been on enforcement only,” said David Winkles, president of the South Carolina Farm Bureau, whose members proposed the policy. “They don’t address the fact that we don’t have an adequate labor supply in agriculture. If a state can venture into the arenas of enforcing immigration, then they can venture in the arena of granting temporary legal status.” (AP)

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