National Update

Congressional Break

Federal lawmakers have returned to their districts for Easter recess until April 24. During this break, county Farm Bureau leaders have been making the most of the opportunity for grassroots action. Farmers have been meeting with their legislators and staffs to discuss the top issues impacting farmers and their rural communities, such farm labor and immigration, regulatory reform and tax reform.


Immigrant Documents

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on April 19 announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards May 1. These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to create cards that are highly secure and more tamper-resistant than the ones currently in use.


Interactive Immigration Map

A new map created by AFBF’s partner the New American Economy shows the contributions immigrants are making to the U.S. economy. AFBF congressional relations director Kristi Boswell explained that the map is a powerful tool in the immigration reform debate. “Farm Bureau sees this as a very important tool,” Boswell said. “We’re advocating for responsible immigration reform that provides agriculture access to a legal, stable workforce, allowing us to really drill down and show members of Congress the impact in their local areas.” Find the map online at www.newamericaneconomy.org


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