Grower Groups Organize Protest of E-Verify
SAF and others are urging growers to descend on Washington to urge change to the current E-Verify bill on the House floor.
June 28, 2011
Society of American Florists (SAF) and Western Growers Association are joining the Coalition for Immigration Reform (ACIR) in lobbying Congress to scuttle the current version of the E-Verify immigration bill.
The group wants growers to visit their Congress members this week (June 27-July 1) and July 13 in Washington and at their home offices during the House's July 4th recess.
The current E-Verify bill would require employers to check the legal status of all employees by running social security numbers against a national database. The growers' position is that unless legal means are provided for migrant workers, then strict enforcement can cripple agriculture and horticulture.
In a letter to members [membership needed to access page], SAF mentioned Georgia's pilot program to replace immigrant labor with ex-cons on probation. Georgia recently passed an Arizona-type immigration bill. According to SAF, two-thirds of the probationers disappeared within the first two days due to the physical demands of the job.