An Immigration Fix for Ag Still Possible

Full Interview Goodlatte DC
The U.S. must work to find ways to expand its workforce and improve productivity.

Several weeks ago getting immigration legislation through Congress seemed like a lock in 2018. Once tied to the inevitable passage of an Omnibus spending bill, immigration reform has since fallen off the table because of a recent Supreme Court ruling on the DACA issue. 

The ruling saying President Trump cannot end the program and kicked a bigger decision back to a lower court. That, in turn, eased pressure and stifled the urgency of getting a DACA deal done in the Omnibus spending package. It's also stalled a new agricultural guest worker program.

But, bill author, Virginia Representative Bob Goodlatte, continues to move forward the legislation hoping to get it passed soon.

He recently sat down with AgDay TV host Clinton Griffiths for an exclusive interview and update on the bill's progress including a timeline for getting it through Congress.



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Submitted by Guedo on Wed, 03/21/2018 - 07:49

Total B.S. How many Americans have been told in the last year that they no longer can ship milk? So some farms can have foreign labor without having to compete in the local job market which would drive wages up. We are awash with milk and here you are pushing for even more. SMH

Submitted by Just out of curiosity on Thu, 03/22/2018 - 07:02

If a farm was employing robots or only American workers would you have an issue with the amount of milk they produce or is it only a problem for you when the workers are brown? Maybe keep in mind you're not the only one who just wants to keep food on your family's table, those workers do too.

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Submitted by Guedo on Thu, 03/22/2018 - 09:32…

Here is a good place to start you education on what is happening to the dairy farmer. These dairy business managers are only one step above what the plantation owners were(modern day slave owners). They use the same argument, "We need this labor" well get out there and milk your own cows and quit belly aching if you can't afford to pay what it will cost to attract the employees you are looking for. There is no difference between what these farms have morphed in to than a factory. There are plenty of factories the run 24/7 and they find employees.

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Submitted by David O'Hara on Thu, 03/22/2018 - 15:16

Those factories also have the ability to charge whatever price for the products they produce to cover their overhead. Farmers don't have that ability because their price is set by the government.
Also factories have the ability to stop producing products if there is a labor shortage. Cows don't have an "off" switch so a reliable source of labor is needed to take care of them. Unfortunately foreign labor is the only reliable source because Americans won't do farm labor.

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Submitted by Guedo on Thu, 03/22/2018 - 19:14

As I said before, tell that to the farmers who have lost their market "that they were unwilling to do the work

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Submitted by Guapo on Thu, 03/22/2018 - 21:44

"from the view of the farmer" he said. No workers were asked....If I'm illegal and make $15.00 an hour because i bust my bum why would I want to participate in a program where I make 7.25x1.10. Lot of money paid to Goodlatte for this BS. What is the website he is gonna advertise these jobs on?