Growers partner on immigration reform work - The Packer

Growers partner on immigration reform work

06/28/2013 09:53:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

“Law enforcement and the faith-based community have a voice in this issue and they should. When you’re in a ditch, you don’t turn down a helping hand. That’s where we as growers are with this labor situation, so we applaud the faith-based community’s help.”

Michael Carlton, director of labor relations for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Maitland, said the group works with the campaign in a small way through the Agricultural Workforce Coalition.

He said it brings some significant diverse and important groups to the table.

“That’s where the most positive effects (of immigration reform) will be, on business,” Carlton said.

“Churches have long been supportive of doing good things for people. When you have law enforcement people supporting the reform, that should send a very strong signal.”

The campaign could go beyond immigration reform and help make immigrants and the work they provide Americans become a part of mainstream conversation in rural and suburban areas among grower-shippers and people of faith.

dohlemeier@thepacker.com

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