Obama on immigration Created by rrummel on 7/9/2014 3:13:41 PM
Makes Plan for Executive Action
Soon after Speaker of the
House John Boehner (D-Ohio) told President Barack Obama that he would not bring
immigration legislation to the House floor this year, Obama announced his plans
to take administration action on the issue, with a focus on border security.
Specifically, the president
is expected to direct Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney
General Eric Holder to shift immigration enforcement resources from the
interior section of the United States to the border. In addition, Obama is
asking administration officials to send to him by the end of the summer
recommendations on additional actions he can pursue that do not require the
approval of Congress.
"Farmers, ranchers and
many others worked tirelessly with senators to secure passage of immigration
reform legislation that met agriculture's labor needs, as well as ensured a
secure border. Since passage of that bill last June we have focused all our
efforts to do the same by working with House lawmakers to pass responsible
immigration reform," said Kristi Boswell, American Farm Bureau Federation
labor specialist. "The only long-term solution to agriculture's
serious labor problem can be provided by Congress, and that's where we'll
continue to focus."
A farm labor study released
earlier this year by AFBF showed an approach to agricultural labor reform that
focuses solely on immigration enforcement would raise food prices over five
years by an additional 5 percent to 6 percent and would cut the nation's food
and fiber production by as much as a staggering $60 billion.
In June 2013, the Senate
passed the Farm Bureau-supported Border Security, Economic Opportunity and
Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744), a balanced immigration reform
bill that includes a fair and workable farm labor provision.
The House had started work on
the issue, taking a piece-by-piece approach with the House Judiciary Committee
approving a series of immigration reform bills, including the Agricultural
Guestworker Act (H.R. 1773), the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act (H.R.
2278), the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 1772) and the Supplying Knowledge Based
Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas Act (H.R. 2131). In addition, the
House Homeland Security Committee approved the Border Security Results Act of
2013 (H.R. 1417).