Farm Groups Await New Immigration Policy

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 15, 2009

For the second time this month the administration has postponed a meeting in which lawmakers and interested parties could discuss US immigration policy. The administration hopes to reschedule the meeting for later this month. Farm organizations in California are pushing for a so-called “ag jobs” bill that would grant undocumented workers legal entry to the US when farmers plant and harvest their crops.

Jack King of the California Farm Bureau is optimistic about such a policy. 

“We think the climate is still right and that agriculture is seen in a favorable light and deserving of some meaningful legislation.” 

Former President George W. Bush failed in an attempt to implement a policy that would have combined increased border security with a route to citizenship for undocumented workers who meet certain requirements.