The action by House Republicans to undo President Obama’s executive actions on deferred deportations of undocumented immigrants merely delays the work that Republicans need to do, agriculture advocates believe.
“They certainly don’t help us, and they could make us worse off,” said Frank Gasperini, vice president of the National Council of Agricultural Employers.
The House of Representatives on Jan. 14 passed amendments to a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that seek to reverse President Obama’s executive action on immigration.
The legislation isn’t likely to pass the Senate by a margin that would prevent a filibuster, and if passed, is certain to be vetoed by President Obama, political analysts said Jan. 14.
“No matter what the president did back in November or what the House or Senate will do, at the end of the day agriculture still needs immigration legislation to help farmers and growers find an adequate, stable workforce,” said Justin Darisse, vice president of communications for the Washington, D.C.,-based National Council of Farm Cooperatives.
“We need legislation that addresses both the current workforce that we have — many of whom are not authorized to work here — and also needs to provide a future flow work force for years in the future,” he said.
Gasperini said Republicans in Congress are expected to meet in a strategy session in mid-January.
“Hopefully they will come back with a plan and have a strategy that will be workable and be good for us,” he said.