The American Nursery and Landscape Association, the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and other nursery trade associations have worked hard to provide a strong voice for business in the ongoing debate over immigration. These groups have favored comprehensive reform that includes both enforcement, and provision for an ample workforce, but despite support from the last two presidents, the federal government has failed to adopt such reforms. Meanwhile, various states, most notably Arizona, have stepped in with their own attempts to regulate citizenship, a federal issue. So, what to expect in 2011? According to The New York Times, chances are strong that more states will try to emulate Arizona. Perhaps five states may even attempt “anchor baby” bills, where individuals born in the United States are not necessarily citizens (if their parents are undocumented). Federal reform, meanwhile, looks even more unlikely than it did under President George W. Bush or the first two years of President Barack Obama’s term.
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About Curt Kipp
Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.