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Tell Your Senators to Act on Immigration

Posted on 6/19/2013 by Lauren Mangnall in Immigration

The U.S. Senate has begun consideration of S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Please urge your two U.S. Senators to support this vital legislation.

As approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote of 13-5, S.744 would dramatically overhaul America's legal immigration system, address border security and employment eligibility verification, and provide a tough but fair process for an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants to earn legal status over 10 or more years.

NCTA, the American Nursery & Landscape Association and numerous other industry groups support this bill. From a Christmas Tree and nursery perspective, the most notable provision is the agricultural reform package, which includes an agriculture-specific earned legalization program, and a new, market-based and flexible future ag worker visa program that will eventually replace the widely criticized H-2A program.
 
For too long, Congress has deferred action on a broad and meaningful overhaul of America's immigration system. As a result, our economy and security have suffered. S.744 will improve security by identifying and registering who is in the country and better monitoring who comes and goes. It will strengthen the economy by creating a 21st Century immigration system to allow the U.S. to sustain its vitality and compete in a global economy.
 
Please call or write your Senators today; you may also use ANLA's Take Action page to compose a customized message.