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Upton Meets with Southwest Michigan Farmers

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Washington, March 15, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following photo and statement after meeting with a group of Southwest Michigan farmers in his Washington, D.C., office.

“Today’s meeting was productive and informative. Farmers are the backbone of our Southwest Michigan economy and we discussed ways we can work together to improve their economic outlook and provide much-needed certainty so they can plan for the future. We also had a frank and open talk about our broken immigration system and the negative effect it has on our agricultural labor workforce. I continue to stand with our farmers and look forward to being a constructive partner into the future.”

Background: Upton has long-supported bipartisan immigration reform. He recently co-sponsored legislation, H.R. 1468, the Recognizing America’s Children Act, that provides legal status to undocumented children and young adults. This legislation would provide certainty for many families and local farmers dependent on migrant labor. Learn more about this legislation here. Learn more about Upton’s support of Southwest Michigan farmers here.

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