“President Obama’s executive action demonstrates there is a critical need to act on immigration reform, but it is not the long term solution that New York’s farmers have called for to deal with the existing labor shortage.

Dean Norton, President of the New York Farm Bureau

Dean Norton, President of the New York Farm Bureau

“That action must come from Congress. Our farms must have both a flexible visa program to address the seasonal workforce needs that are required to pick fruits and vegetables along with provisions that allow skilled workers already here to earn an adjustment in their status and remain working in New York.

“This is a food security issue for our country. Without a legal, stable workforce willing to work in agriculture, our farms will continue to face a growing problem of being unable to provide enough healthy, safe food to our people. The alternative will be a greater reliance on foreign imports to feed ourselves,” said Dean Norton, New York Farm Bureau president.