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Immigration Reform Process Continues on Capitol Hill

March 8, 2013

NMPF continues to work with other national and state farm groups on reforms to America’s immigration policies that would allow for the future flow of workers on dairy farms and the opportunity for existing workers that may lack legal documentation to continue working on dairy farms.

NMPF, a founding member of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC), sent a letter to House and Senate leadership last week calling for support of immigration legislation that addresses agriculture’s unique labor needs. The letter was delivered as the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration & Border Security held a hearing last Tuesday focused on the need for a new agricultural guest worker program.

The Senate and House may pursue separate legislative paths to immigration reform, and NMPF is talking with leaders in both chambers to ensure that whatever decisions are made will address the unique needs of dairy farms.