ANLA’s Leadership on Immigration Gains Broad Support from American Business Community

The American Nursery and Landscape Association’s (ANLA) national leadership on immigration reform has earned increasing visibility and financial support in recent weeks. As debate in the House and Senate moves toward the enactment of legislation, ANLA, who co-chairs the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform (ACIR), has been called upon for its expertise and to leverage significant financial contributions from outside the green industry.

In the past few weeks, Craig Regelbrugge, ANLA’s senior director of government relations, has been invited to speak on the status and outlook for immigration reform. “ANLA has done the footwork on this issue both in developing policy and building support through broad coalition,” states Regelbrugge.

The early and ongoing support of the green industry for immigration reform has also gained the attention of these groups as they seek channels to contribute financial support. “As a co-chair of ACIR we have seen donations totaling hundreds of thousands from outside our industry in just the last few weeks,” says Regelbrugge. “Our industry has done much of the heavy lifting to put this issue on the map. It is gratifying to see the support companies like SunMaid Raisins, who recently presented a check for $100,000 for immigration reform support.” This check was received following Regelbrugge’s recent trip to California to speak to the labor summit hosted by Nisei Farmers League, California Farm Bureau, Western Growers Association and other groups.

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