Ag groups sign onto LIBERTY Campaign; call for end to border crisis

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More than 430 business associations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, launched the LIBERTY Campaign (Legal Immigration and Border Enforcement Reform This Year) on Monday. In a letter to Congress, they called on members to address the crisis at the border and the workforce shortage before the year ends.

The letter reads in part:

“When it comes to individual priorities, our organizations may differ, but the one thing we agree on is that another year of inaction on border security and legal immigration reform is not an acceptable option. The failure to enact reforms will deepen these current crises.

“That is why we have formed the Legal Immigration and Border Enforcement Reforms This Year (LIBERTY) Campaign, to call upon Congress to enact measures this year to improve our borders and our legal immigration system. Any progress that Congress can make can become the foundation for additional reforms.

“Ultimately, elected officials will have to negotiate what can secure the necessary votes in both Houses of Congress and the President’s signature. We are committed to working with lawmakers who share our view that finding reasonable compromises is the only path forward to securing our borders, averting further humanitarian crises, and meeting the economic needs of the United States.”

In addition to AFBF, the American Seafood Jobs Alliance, International Dairy Foods Association, International Fresh Produce Association, National Council of Agricultural Employers, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Milk Producers Federation, and Western Growers Association signed the letter.

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