The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation supports the New American Economy’s (NAE) National Day of Action and immigration reform campaign.
The campaign kicked off Tuesday with the launch of the Map of Impact that includes updated immigration statistics by state and congressional district and is available at newamericaneconomy.org/locations. This campaign highlights the power of immigrants in communities across the country and shows the need for immigration reform.
Immigrants play a crucial role in the U.S. agriculture industry providing labor for various types of farms. A 2015 study by the Partnership for a New American Economy found that more than 50 percent of laborers on U.S. dairy farms were immigrants.
“Our current immigration system is broken. We are relying on outdated laws that do not address the challenges we face, especially in the agriculture community,” said Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte. “Farm Bureau continues to advocate for an agriculture long-term guest worker visa program.”
Immigrants also play a vital role in Wisconsin’s economic success as taxpayers and consumers. More than 274,000 immigrants call Wisconsin home.
The newly-released Wisconsin immigration statistics can be found here: newamericaneconomy.org/locations/wisconsin. You can participate in the campaign by sharing your #ReasonforReform on social media and by contacting your congressional office.
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