IDFA joins coalition to push for immigration reform

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) joined a coalition of businesses, trade associations and other organizations to advocate for passage of a comprehensive immigration reform package.

Created in 1999, the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition is composed of business organizations from many industries that are concerned with the shortage of lesser-skilled and unskilled laborers, known as “essential workers.” The coalition engages in the legislative process to inform Congress and shape immigration reform legislation.

Last summer, the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation, known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S.744) in a historic 68-to-32 vote. Also last year, the House Judiciary Committee developed four bills addressing immigration.

Earlier this year, House Republican leaders released a document titled “Standards for Immigration Reform” but later also indicated that it was unlikely the House would pass immigration legislation in 2014.

“IDFA joined the coalition because a stable and reliable workforce is imperative to the success of our member companies and the producers who provide a consistent supply of milk,” said Ruth Saunders, IDFA vice president of policy and legislative affairs.”It is important for IDFA to join with other American business groups, and the farm sector, to support passage of immigration reform and to have a unified position.”

Other members of the coalition include the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Meat Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Council of Chain Restaurants. 

To learn more about the coalition, visit the website at

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Vickie Arnold    
Tennessee  |  April, 10, 2014 at 08:55 AM

We need rid of the millions of border hopping parasites costing us $Billions in upkeep. Get rid of the parasites.

Peter O'Brien    
Illinois  |  April, 10, 2014 at 09:18 AM

About time they do immigration reform already....!!!

95060  |  April, 10, 2014 at 08:00 PM

The LA Times recently posted an article that shows that the Obama administration, the Illegal Alien lobby, and the major media outlets have been in collusion to depict the "high" deportation numbers. The exact opposite is true since the beginning of the current President's policy. Interior deportation has and will be lower than 1973 rates. This is leading towards more people overstaying their visas and currently, more Illegal Alien minors crossing the border. Obama has just recently instructed border patrol to not turn back those Illegal Aliens on record as having entered illegally as priors, but to let them pass IF they don't have a major criminal record. After the first Illegal Entry, it a felony each time thereafter.,0,545192,full.story#axzz2xkzioeHR

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