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In addition, the proposal addresses the issue of human trafficking and drug cartels as a means for immigrants to enter the country by creating a humane and effective entry system. Employers would be allowed to hire immigrants when Americans are unavailable for a job and a workable program to meet the needs of America's agriculture community, including dairy would be developed. The proposal would allow successful permit workers to earn a green card while calling for strong labor protections as well. An employment verification system would be established and employers would be held accountable for knowingly hiring undocumented works.
The Agriculture Workforce Coalition, which works to ensure that America's farmers, ranchers and growers have access to a stable and secure workforce, responded with a statement of cautious optimism. The Obama Administration has also releasee its proposal for immigration reform.
The NAEDA Board of Directors has named Richard E. “Rick” Lawhun president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Lawhun has more than 30 years of experience with demonstrated leadership in strategic planning, program development, membership growth and financial management.