Where a U.S. immigration bill might lead, or when, remains a significant gamble for Congress. Last week's events only created more  uncertainty in the weeks, months and possibly years ahead.

Meanwhile, at World Pork Expo last week, the National Pork Producers Council's board of directors adopted a producer-backed resolution that calls for comprehensive reforms to U.S. immigration policy.

The 14-member board voted to support actions that would overhaul the nation’s immigration system, including the following:

  • Tighten security at the country’s borders.
  • Provide the 12 million undocumented aliens now in the country a path to citizenship.
  • Create a new visa for temporary workers.
  • Require employers to check the legal status of all employees through an enhanced immigration database.
  • In general, NPPC has supported immigration reform that secures the nation’s borders, provides a steady pool of workers but does not place undue burdens on employers to conduct employment verification and contains a fair and reasonable solution to the illegal immigrants already in the country.

“Pork producers need immigration reform so that they have access to a stable work force,” says NPPC President Jill Appell, a pork producer from Altona, Ill. “We need workers in packing plants and on farms, and comprehensive immigration reform can address the pork industry’s needs.”

Source: National Pork Producers Council