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Georgia Farm Bureau hopes for immigration reform

During a news conference, a representative from the Georgia Farm Bureau spoke on behalf of Georgia Farmer's and their need for immigrant workers.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Representatives from the Georgia Farm Bureau, and AFLCIO say they want Congress to act on an immigration reform.

During a news conference today, Assistant Legislative Director of the Georgia Farm Bureau Jeffery Harvey discussed a 'partnership for the new American economy.'

He says farmer's around the nation, and in Georgia face a difficult issue.

"Without an adequate work force agriculture production will decline," says Harvey.

Harvey added agribusiness contributes $76.9 billion to Georgia's economy, but the industry needs more legal workers.

"We need workers to harvest these crops, and if we don't have a reliable workforce to harvest these crops it's just going to push that production overseas," Harvey says, "And at the end of the day it becomes a national security issue, and when we as a country can't provide the food to feed ourselves, that is a concern...a real concern for the Georgia Farm Bureau."

According to Harvey, he's disappointed Congress has not brought immigration legislation to the floor.

"However, we remain committed to advocating for immigration reform in order to supply Georgia's farmers with a reliable and legal workforce," says Harvey.

The director adds farmers would like Americans to become more involved in the workforce, but because the majority of the work is seasonal, part-time and difficult, most Americans choose not work on farms.

He says the "Georgia Farm Bureau does not support amnesty, or illegal immigration."

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