A coalition of business, manufacturing and agriculture groups launched a nationwide push for immigration reform on Wednesday. Laurie Fischer with the Dairy Business Association in Wisconsin says they are calling on Congress and the Administration to work together to get something done. Fischer says she gets more calls regarding immigration than anything else from the members of DBA. The dairy industry is heavily reliant upon those workers and producers want to make sure they are legal and the workers want to know they are safe.
Last week, Speaker John Boehner said the House would not take up the Senate’s immigration reform bill prompting concern that nothing was going to be done this year. While the coalition doesn’t support the Senate bill in its entirety Fischer says it is a start.
In reality, she says we probably will not see any Congressional action before the election but we need to keep working at it so by the time the new Congress is set in January, they will have something to vote on that most parties can agree with.
Among the coalition members: the American Farm Bureau, Partnership for a New American Economy, Business Roundtable, AmericanHort, Western Growers, and the National Association of Manufacturers.