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Immigration Reform: Implications for Farmers, Farm Workers, and US Agriculture
At least 50 percent of US farm workers are not authorized to be employed in the US. Immigration reform may provide a path to legal status for some currently unauthorized farm workers and make it easier for farm employers to employ legal guest workers under a revised H-2A temporary worker program.
The purpose of this conference is to assess the provisions of pending immigration reform proposals, the roles of legal and unauthorized farm workers in US agriculture and MSFW programs in integrating migrants and their children, and the longer term implications of immigration on agricultural competitiveness and rural communities. The aim is to have Washington people alert researchers to potential immigration changes and the questions about immigration and agriculture to which they would like answers, and allow researchers to report on the current impacts of immigration. The outcome will be a research agenda for anticipating and evaluating the impacts of immigration reform on agriculture.
This conference is organized with the support of the Farm, Giannini, Northwest Area, and Smith Richardson Foundations, with additional help from the California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops, the UC Washington Center, and the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
8am Breakfast available in conference room on the ground floor 9am Welcome and Introductions, Philip Martin, UCD 9:15 Immigration Patterns, 1986-2006, Jeff Passel, Pew Hispanic Center 10 Break
10:15 Congressional Staff Panel: What has Congress debated and/or approved?
11:15 The Changing Food System: Implications for Farmers and Workers Cal Dooley (former D-CA), National Food Products Association
1:30 Federal Planning for Immigration Reform
2:15 Federal MSFW Assistance Programs
3:15 Lessons from 1986: IRCA's Ag Provisions, Chair, Susan Martin, ISIM
4:45 Adjourn and reception Thursday, June 15, 2006
8am Breakfast available in conference room on the ground floor
9:00 Regional Perspectives and Farm Labor Research Needs (12 minutes each)
11:00 Immigrants, Farm-Related Industries, Communities (12 minutes each)
1:30 Developing the Farm Labor Research Agenda