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.
, that will overhaul the nation's immigration system.
â€¢ Tighten security at the country's borders.
â€¢ Provide the 12
million undocumented aliens now in the country a path to citizenship.
â€¢ Create a new visa for temporary workers.
â€¢ Require employers to check the
legal status of all employees through an enhanced immigration
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."
Senate is expected to take up the Kennedy immigration bill in the coming weeks,
with the House to follow some time in July.
â€¢ National Pork
Producers Council (NPPC)
â€¢ World Pork
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