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Progressive Forum: How important is immigration reform to the U.S. beef industry?

Andy Weeks Published on 24 March 2014

progressive forumProgressive Forum is a compilation of viewpoints from cattle producers on a given topic. Hear what those with boots on the ground have to say about the issues.

 

 

How important is immigration reform to the U.S. beef industry?

David Burtonshaw
David Burtonshaw

Terreton, Idaho
Ranch owner

I’m not sure. The bottom line is we rely a lot on immigrants to get work done. … We’ve got to figure something out to make this all work better, but how?

Rafael, Abila
Rafael Abila
Visalia, California
Rancher

We need workers to keep everything going. Sometimes it’s still not enough, but I’m not sure what kind of reform would help.

Richie Crockett
Richie Crockett
Artesia, New Mexico
Farmer/Rancher

I think it’s very important because there’s a short supply and a lot of demand.

Shawn Byler
Shawn Byler
Eureka, Nevada
Rancher

In our area, we need immigrants to keep things going. I think if they want to stay, however, they need to become legal.

Ryan Reese
Ryan Reese
Student at Southern
Utah University (SUU)
Rancher

I don’t think it’s as important as other farm production issues, but I support it. Something needs to happen.

Jake Benson
Jake Benson
Student at SUU
Rancher

Immigration is going to happen whether you like it or not, but there needs to be a paper trail to the government to make sure things are on the up and up.

Jason Christensen
Jason Christensen
Student at SUU
Rancher

The way I see it, immigrants – if they’re illegal – take jobs from the average American. I don’t have a problem with that if they’re legal. In ranching, somebody needs to do the kind of work they’re hired to do.

Stuart Stout
Stuart Stout
Hurricane, Utah
Rancher

It doesn’t affect me at all. I like the way they (immigrants) work and do things. We are concerned with certain jobs; we do have to verify certain things … I’m not sure about the reform, though. What kind of reform would it be?  end mark

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