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Dairy industry reacts to failed immigration bill

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American Dairy Coalition asks for separate July vote on single immigration bill.

House Republicans failed June 27 to pass a GOP-only immigration bill.

Here’s some of the reaction we’ve received: 

“We are extremely disappointed that Congress did not include an agricultural guestworker element as part of its compromise immigration reform bill,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation. “The U.S. dairy industry continues to face serious challenges obtaining and maintaining a reliable workforce, and we were hopeful that we can achieve a better outcome for farm employers.”

“We know there are many members in both parties who are eager to forge solutions to these complicated issues, and we are hopeful that this is not the end of the process. Dairy cannot wait any longer,” Mulhern said. “We hope that the agriculture guestworker provision will be brought to the House for a vote later this summer as we continue to work with our congressional allies to create legislation that addresses our concerns.”

The American Dairy Coalition is asking House leadership to make good on its previous commitment for a separate July vote on a single immigration bill to ensure a reliable labor for the agriculture industry.

“The dairy industry is very labor-intensive and is suffering from a lack of available workers in our rural communities to take care of our animals, tend to crops and provide the world with healthy, affordable, safe dairy products,” said John Jacobs, ADC president.

Source: National Milk Producers Federation, American Dairy Coalition


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