Statement of Chuck Conner, President & CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, on President Obama’s Immigration Announcement

Washington, D.C. (June 30, 2014)–“NCFC is deeply disappointed by the announcement today that Speaker Boehner has told President Obama that the House will not vote on immigration reform this year. This inaction squanders the best opportunity we have had in a generation to fix a problem of critical importance to agriculture and bolster the economy across rural America.

“Any executive action that the President takes on immigration will not adequately solve agriculture’s problems in finding a legal, skilled and dependable workforce now or in the future; the President admitted as much in his remarks today. Executive action will only freeze in place the current dysfunctional state of affairs. Farmers will continue to be unable to find the workers they need to pick crops or care for livestock; more food production will go overseas; local economies across the country will suffer; and the American consumer will ultimately pay more for the food they eat.

“What farmers, ranchers and growers need, and what the American people deserve, is for policy makers in Washington to do their jobs and act to solve the country’s broken immigration system.”

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