As Congress continues to look at the issue of controlling illegal immigration, the Society of American Florists supports efforts to ensure the labor needs of the agricultural community are addressed. Border security is a critical component of an effective immigration policy, but not at the expense of America’s agricultural industry, including floriculture.
SAF also supports policies that ensure an adequate guestworker labor force is available to American floriculture. Creating a workable temporary and seasonal agricultural worker program that meets the labor needs of the floral industry while protecting the rights of guestworkers must be a part of any immigration reform legislation.
Keywords: floral legislation, government relations, immigration reform, AgJOBS bill