United Fresh 2015 Washington Conference Takes On Immigration Reform
- by Christofer Oberst
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Immigration reform is still one of the industry’s biggest issues as we head into the 2016 presidential elections.
Yet, as the debates rage on and the speeches mount, growers are still struggling as they wait for skilled labor to harvest crops.
Last November, President Obama unveiled his immigration reform plans to the country, modifying detention and deportation procedures for illegal immigrants. Though his intentions provide minimal relief for agriculture, meaningful change can only come through congressional action.
At this year’s upcoming United Fresh 2015 Washington Conference, more than 500 produce industry executives will band together to advocate for immigration policies that support an adjustment of status for experienced, but authorized, agricultural workers who reside in the U.S.; call for the reform and replacement of the current agricultural worker program with a new agricultural worker visa program; and ensure that ongoing and future efforts for border security and enforcement continue as long as they are coupled with a solution to provide agriculture with a legal and stable workforce.
United Fresh is asking industry members to join together to shape a better future for the industry this September 28 – 30, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Registration to attend the Conference is still available. You can sign up by clicking the link below.
To hear more about what to expect from this year’s Washington Conference, listen to my interview with Tom Stenzel, President and CEO of United Fresh.
This is your opportunity to meet with Congress members and industry leaders from growers to wholesalers to retailers and foodservice companies and make your voice heard.
Stay tuned to AndNowUKnow for more on the Washington Conference.