Clinton Surrogate: More Elderly Americans Should Sign Up for Food Stamps

Clovis said Trump wants to “streamline” the H2A visa system.

“When you have no limit on the number of people you can bring in as temporary workers, we think we ought to be able to sit down and work with the industry to make sure that we have a system that works where we can bring in those workers and make them legal,” he said. “There’s nobody in the world, I don’t think, a farmer or rancher that wants to have illegal people working for them. If they want a legal workforce we will work with them to make sure that workforce can be legal.”

Merrigan said Trump’s approach to illegal immigration would not work for the agriculture industry.

“You tell me what works best for American agriculture: the ‘we’re going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it’ approach or honest comprehensive immigration reform? Secretary Clinton understands that agriculture relies on foreign-born labor and she is ready to lead us beyond the current political impasse, which is crippling the agricultural industry,” she said.

Merrigan said labor shortages have contributed to more imported produce into the U.S. She cited an analysis from the Partnership for a New American Economy that said U.S. spending on imported produce grew by 79 percent from 1998 to 2012.

“That’s a shocking figure. As president, Sec. Clinton will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship. She said she is going to do this in her first 100 days. She’s going to treat every person with dignity, fix the family visa backlog while uploading the rule of law and protecting our borders, national security and bringing hardworking people into the formal economy,” she said.