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Immigration reform should become priority

September 26, 2013

President Barack Obama and Congress got what they viewed as a break on illegal immigration for a few years. It decreased, giving them an excuse to do little about it....

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Sep-26-13 1:45 PM

Immigration reform is about more than just illegals - we need an immigration system that allows us to get valued workers here to support our agricultural activities without miles of red tape. The current system is complicated, making it difficult to maneuver. That just adds to the "illegal" problem. It also assumes that all Ag workers are seasonal - not recognizing the livestock industries need for a year round workforce. Improvements were brought forward in the immigration bill this summer but posturing about the border issue caused it to sit with only one legislative bodies approval. Politics as usual - nothing gets done because most politicians don't understand coming to the middle to find a workable solution.

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Sep-26-13 11:32 PM

Heaven forbid ag firms hire Americans.

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Oct-02-13 1:34 PM

If we could find enough locally that were reliable and not afraid of hard work and weekends (which is what farm work entails for workers and owners) they would be hired. However that is much easier said than done.

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