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· Farm Bureaus Speak on the Southern Border
· American Farm Bureau urges administration to act amid surge of undocumented immigrants
Farm Bureaus Speak on the Southern Border
By Andy Eubank, Hoosier Ag Today (IN)
Jun 6, 2021
Farm Bureau is getting vocal about the southern border. The American Farm Bureau Federation joined all 50 state Farm Bureaus and the Puerto Rico Farm Bureau in sending a letter urging the Biden administration to address the surge of undocumented immigrants entering the United States.
The letter went to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. Russell Boening, President of the Texas Farm Bureau, says Texas was involved in constructing the letter.
“The four border states put it together, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and us. We just pointed out the stuff that’s happening, there’s damage to crops, damage to fences and other types of things. There are safety issues: maybe you have children that play outside or even folks that work outside. We basically just shared our concerns that we’re hearing from our members and asking for some assistance.”
The letter also states human smugglers known as “Coyotes” are reaping a windfall from leaving people destitute. Boening says all of the Farm Bureaus signing on to the letter should send a message about the gravity of the problem...
American Farm Bureau urges administration to act amid surge of undocumented immigrants
The Cattle Site
08 June 2021
The recent increase in undocumented immigration is raising concerns among US farming and ranching families, says the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The American Farm Bureau Federation joined all 50 state Farm Bureaus and Puerto Rico Farm Bureau in sending a letter urging the Biden administration to address the surge of undocumented immigrants entering the United States.
The increase in illegal immigration is severely impacting farm and ranch families, putting property and personal safety at risk. The letter was sent to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
“We have been listening to the concerns of our members and hearing how their livelihoods are being affected by the surge on the border,” the letter states. “They (farmers) shared how their crops and property are being damaged, which in turn has caused financial hardship. For example, these landowners are experiencing cut fences, destroyed crops, compromised water sources, vandalism, litter on their property and more. Most importantly, the security and safety of these families are at stake given the current circumstances.”
The letter points out...