Sacramento, CA -- Republican members of the California State Senate and California State Assembly joined today with leaders of business and agriculture at a press conference urging the House of Representatives to act on comprehensive immigration reform. Fifteen Republican legislators joined in a letter to the California Republican congressional delegation supporting a vote on a reform package.
The letter stated, “We, the undersigned California State legislative Republicans, strongly support federal comprehensive immigration reform and urge our state Republican Congressional delegation to encourage Speaker John Boehner to call a vote on immigration reform.
“Components should include thoughtful and strong border security, employer sanctions, and an opportunity for undocumented residents to earn their way to full citizenship, but only behind those who have applied to become citizens through the current citizenship process. We stand with the business community, the labor community, farmers, manufacturers, communities of faith, and most importantly Californians, in our call for Congress to act on reform this year to put this challenge behind us as a state and nation.”
Presenting the letter to the media, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) stated “there is a growing solidarity and unity among Republicans to support action on immigration reform and to put this issue behind us as a state and a nation once and for all.”
“We stand together: Republicans, business, clergy and labor to push for reform now,” said Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres).
Dave Puglia, Vice President of the Western Growers Association added, “To state the obvious, America depends on California’s farmers to provide a nutritious, safe, and affordable food supply, yet our immigration system and our policies fail to allow us to deliver on that promise, certainly in the long term.”
Leaders from California’s business and agricultural communities joined Republican lawmakers at the dais. They included:
Jack Stewart, President of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association
Matt Sutton, Vice President of Government Affairs, California Restaurant Association
Bryan Little, California Farm Bureau Federation
Barry Bedwell, President of the California Grape and Tree League
Rob Lapsley, President of the California Business Roundtable
Dave Puglia, Sr. Vice President of the Western Growers Association
Louie Brown, California Rice Commission
Rick Tomlinson, President of the California Strawberry Commission
Parke Terry, Landscape Contractors Association
Debbie Murdock, California Grain and Feed Association, Pacific Egg and Poultry Association, California Pear Growers Association, California State Floral Association, California Bean Shippers Association