Statement by Casey Langan, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Spokesman, Regarding President Obama’s Statement on Immigration
“President Obama’s plan to fix our immigration system is not the comprehensive, long-term fix that agriculture is seeking.
Agriculture needs a permanent solution from Congress that provides a consistent and reliable workforce. Wisconsin farmers need a new, flexible visa program that allows long-term access for foreign-born guest workers to enter the U.S.
Any changes to the outdated agricultural visa program must also remove the ‘touch-back’ provisions that require workers to return to their home country every year. Touch-back provisions have always been problematic for dairy farm workers given dairy’s year-round labor needs.
After the new Congress takes office next month, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation encourages our state’s congressional delegation to seek solutions and a final product that works for Wisconsin’s $88 billion agriculture industry within immigration reform discussions.”