One of the key figures in the debate about the farm-level effects of legislation to impose mandatory E-Verify on all employers will speak at the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Public Policy Conference.
Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., chairman of the House Administration Committee and member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, will speak to the conference on Oct. 4, according to a news release from the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh.
The release said Lungren will discuss the prospects for his guest worker amendment to the Legal Workforce Act passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and waiting action on the House floor.
“(Rep. Lungren) has been an important leader in the House in trying to find a workable solution that addresses the unique challenges that a mandatory E-Verify system will place on the fresh produce industry,” Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy United Fresh, said in the release. “This will be a timely keynote speech for our attendees and comes at a critical juncture during negotiations on this legislation before it reaches the House floor.”
Lungren joins a lineup of speakers for the public policy conference that includes Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla.; and House Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture Chairwoman Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio.
More information on the Washington Public Policy Conference is available here.