"The success of American agriculture depends on the workers who show up every day and work in partnership with our nation's farm and ranch families to tend our crops and livestock," Stallman said in a statement. "Agricultural labor reform is not about whether foreign workers will grow and harvest our food. That is a matter of fact. It is about whether those foreign workers will tend crops here in the United States, or in their home countries. We believe American food grown on American soil is the best option."
The United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez similarly noted that agricultural provisions in the bill are allowing workers to look forward to temporary legal status and the right to citizenship.
"The legislation is a truly bipartisan effort that calls for a path to citizenship for the estimated 11million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.," Rodriguez noted.
UFW estimates there are two million farm laborers in the U.S.; 600,000 of those are U.S. Citizens or permanent legal residents.
Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee at 2 p.m. Wednesday will hold a hearing regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee-passed immigration bill. Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement that he was "concerned" about many issues in the Senate bill, noting that it is "just one of many options."
The Senate is expected to consider its legislation on the floor in June.
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