News 412 views last update:Jun 14, 2007

Pork producers need immigration reform

The board of directors of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) adopted a producer-backed resolution that calls for comprehensive reforms to US immigration policy.

Meeting at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, last week, the 14-member NPPC board voted to support a bill introduced by Democratic senator Edward M. Kennedy , that will overhaul the nation's immigration system.

The bill will:
• Tighten security at the country's borders.
• Provide the 12 million undocumented aliens now in the country a path to citizenship.
• Create a new visa for temporary workers.
• Require employers to check the legal status of all employees through an enhanced immigration database.

In general, NPPC has supported immigration reform that secures the nation's borders, provides a steady pool of workers but does not place undue burdens on employers to conduct employment verification and contains a fair and reasonable solution to the illegal immigrants already in the country.

"Pork producers need immigration reform so that they have access to a stable work force," said NPPC president Jill Appell. "We need workers in packing plants and on farms, and comprehensive immigration reform can address the pork industry's needs."

The US Senate is expected to take up the Kennedy immigration bill in the coming weeks, with the House to follow some time in July.

Related website:
• National Pork Producers Council (NPPC)
• World Pork Expo

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