April 30, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack renewed his plea for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, saying the agriculture industry could face dire consequences if something isn’t passed soon.
“There are production efforts and operations in the western part of the United States that have moved some of their operation outside the United States because of workforce issues,” Vilsack told reporters earlier his week.
He says reforming immigration policy will help more than just the agricultural sector.
“It’s not just about agriculture – it’s about the economy as a whole,” he said. “Study after study has shown convincingly that immigration reform will bring an expanding U.S. economy. It will bring people out of the shadows and have them contribute fully to government through the payment of taxes. “
He says new immigration reform will help cut the deficit by as much as $850 billion over the next 20 years. It will also shore up the Social Security system.
“The Social Security administrator confirming that the length of the Social Security would be extended by several years as a result of comprehensive immigration reform,” he said, noting that it would also lead to an historic investment in border security.
The Senate has passed their version of the bill already but the House has yet to take action. That’ concerns Vilsack with a limited number of legislative work days left.