Focusing on immigration policy, water resources and the upcoming rewrite of federal farm legislation, members of the California Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors conducted a series of meetings with congressional leaders and administration officials in Washington, D.C., last week.
The trip occurred during a time of intense discussions regarding immigration policy, prompted by introduction of a Republican-sponsored bill called the Securing America's Future Act, which provides funding for a border wall and addresses internal immigration enforcement and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The package also includes an Agricultural Guestworker Act that seeks to improve the immigration system for farm employees but about which CFBF and other agricultural organizations have expressed concerns.
"This was an important time to be on Capitol Hill, to make sure our representatives know what's needed to create an immigration system that empowers both agricultural employees and employers," CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. "I think we succeeded in getting our points across."