(March 15) With President Bush’s mid-March trip to Latin America and Mexico bringing fresh momentum, industry advocates are looking for the introduction of comprehensive immigration reform in Congress by early April.

The introduction of comprehensive immigration reform legislation was expected by early April and perhaps sooner, said Sharon Hughes, executive vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based National Council of Agricultural Employers.

Both the House and Senate may introduce similar bills on comprehensive legislation, and AgJobs is expected to be attached to the legislation as it begins to progress, Hughes said.

Hughes said President Bush made immigration a talking point on his Latin American trip.

Nancy Foster, president of the U.S. Apple Association, Vienna, Va., said growers are increasingly concerned about securing an adequate supply of workers this fall.

She said many growers are trying to use the H-2A program for agricultural guest workers, but some are finding it hard to navigate.