Ag Labor Reform Pt 2

Ag Labor Reform Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. Ag labor reform is one of just many things packaged in the massive legislation awaiting action in the Senate, but as a part of the larger immigration solutions being offered, it is by no means a guarantee that things will get better.

U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse says the confusing language makes it tough …

NEWHOUSE … “It’s really caused a challenge for us to move forward with meaningful immigration reform and I’m concerned by that. I’m hopeful that our efforts at ag labor improvements will not become a casualty of this large infrastructure reconciliation battle. So that’s the conversations that I’m engaging people with right now.”

Newhouse says including ag labor with the border problems is confusing …

NEWHOUSE ... “No doubt that the things that are happening on the border have an impact on how people view what kinds of things we should be doing in immigration reform and really do distract from the task we have at hand.”

Newhouse says it’s not like the two have nothing to do with each other …

NEWHOUSE … “I actually think, if we could pass the ag labor reform bill, the bill that we got through the House, if we could get it through the Senate it actually helps improve border security. It really does, for a lot of reasons.

Newhouse says with so much going with the border crisis, it’s hard for many to focus on what’s necessary for ag labor.

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