Peoria Public Radio Staff
Peoria Public Radio News
Tue August 27, 2013
Sec. of Agriculture urges passage of immigration reform
Vilsack says many farmers are decreasing operations and in some cases, moving their businesses out of the country because the U.S. lacks a fixed immigration system.
“The state of Illinois, it could cause a loss of anywhere from 46-million to 83-million dollars in short-term agricultural production losses which translates not only to less farm income, but also to fewer jobs. Because if Americans are not capable of producing all that they are capable of producing, we lose export opportunities as well and their jobs connected to exports.”
Vilsack says members of the House should approve the Senate’s version of an immigration reform bill. The measure creates an earned pathway to citizenship where those living in the country illegally would pay fines and back taxes to stay in the U.S. The measure also creates a new temporary worker program.