Tuesday, March 27, 2012

70% Favor Farmworker Guestworker Program

From the Western Growers Association:

In a groundbreaking new survey on the public's views of agriculture and immigration, 70 percent of voters surveyed said they would support a streamlined and sensible guest worker program allowing immigrant farm workers to come into the country legally. In fact, a similar majority does not believe migrant workers cause unemployment or take jobs away from Americans. Those findings are from a new Western Growers survey conducted by The Tarrance Group, a well known and respected national polling firm.

The guest worker program in the survey includes: a requirement to first offer jobs to U.S. workers, restrictions on entry points and length of stay, market-based limitations on visas awarded, strict oversight of participating employers and withholding of worker payroll taxes. The program also allows existing workers to participate in the program without receiving amnesty.

"It is clear that American voters aren't caught up in the harsh rhetoric claiming immigration reform should be about punishing hard working farm workers or leaving American family farmers without a work force. Americans know that we need a practical and well-regulated national program that allows immigrants to come out of the shadows to work here on our farms," said Tom Nassif, Western Growers president & CEO. Read more...
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Western Growers Holds Press Call Highlighting New Data on National Program for Farm Labor Wednesday, March 28

Call information:Wednesday, March 28 8 a.m. Pacific/11 a.m. EasternCall-in # 877-331-8458Speakers:Tom Nassif, president & CEO of Western GrowersBrian Nienaber, vice president at The Tarrance GroupDave Puglia, Western Growers senior vice president of communications & government affairsKen Barbic, Western Growers senior director of federal government affairs



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