Immigration Reform Needed This Year
Bairstow: “One, if we want to continue to be the great country we are, we need to be thinking future forward which means that if we want to continue to be the great producer of agricultural produce and not importing food. We need to be conscious of the fact that we need a labor supply that is actually willing to do the work. Secondly, that need is not just within agriculture. We have high tech, we have the construction industry, and the service industry are all saying the same thing, ‘We need the right people, with the right skills in the right job.’”
He says one of the leaders in the California fresh produce industry shared a very provoking thought during congressional testimony.
Bairstow: “Our food will be picked by foreign hands. Our country just has to decide whether those foreign hands are here in the United States picking that fruit or abroad.”