Ag labor hearing dissects immigration issues in the food supply chain

Ag labor hearing dissects immigration issues in the food supply chain

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack pleaded with the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to find a labor solution that works for agricultural producers, processors, and workers.

“Immigrant labor comes in and does the difficult, challenging work that the rest of us is not interesting in doing, they do it well, and they have the notion of being able to supply a better opportunity for a better life for their family,” he says.  “We need to figure out something that allows them to have that connection to their family that the rest of us enjoy every single day.”

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, chairman of the committee, testified on the importance of immigrant labor in the food supply chain and how essential workers have become even more important through COVID-19, even though about half of farmworkers are undocumented and fear deportation.

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