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Bob Larson iMarch For Immigration Pt 1
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Fruit Grower Report
Date: December 11, 2017

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With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. iMarch for Immigration is a nationwide ‘virtual march’ for immigration reform that has the support of leaders from across the spectrum. New American Economy hosted a teleconference on the matter Wednesday that included Jon Wyss of the Okanogan Farm Bureau and the Washington Growers League’s Mike Gempler who says the time to act is now …

MIKE GEMPLER … “We’ve been working on it for a long time, but it’s a very present issue for us. It’s the number one issue in agriculture in survey after survey, amongst our members, amongst the labor-intensive agriculture industries here in this state. We feel that we have a lot of support in Congress for making changes in both parties.”

Gempler says we need to strike while the iron is hot …

MIKE GEMPLER … “We really do have an opportunity to address the many different facets of this problem. The existing workforce as well as what the future will bring as far as having a supplemental labor force come into Washington state as our state experiences record low unemployment and a deteriorating agricultural workforce.”

Asked why now, Gempler says …

MIKE GEMPLER … “Clearly, we’re reaching a point of concern and deadline with regard to DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and I think that’s triggering a lot of the action right now and it really is a starting point for addressing the larger immigration issue.”

Listen tomorrow for more the current targets of this immigration reform campaign.

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