COMMISSION SETS PUBLIC HEARINGS ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Two public hearings seeking public input on the immigration issue have been scheduled by the Joint Interim Patriotic Immigration Commission (JIPIC), Brian Hardin of the Alabama Farmers Federation announced today.
Hardin, director of the Federation's Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod and Horticulture Divisions, said hearings were set for Thursday, Jan. 10, 6 p.m., at the Hoover City Council Chambers, 200 Municipal Drive, in Hoover, and on Thursday, Jan. 17, 6 p.m., at the Moorer/Spring Hill Branch of the Mobile Public Library, 4 McGregor Avenue South, in Mobile.
"Strong, national security absolutely requires safeguarding our borders. At the same time, comprehensive immigration reform is also a critical issue to many farmers in our state," said Hardin in urging the state's farmers to attend the hearings. "We desperately need a federal law as soon as possible to provide a reasonable policy that allows farmers to hire legal guest workers when they cannot find workers here at home."
The Alabama Legislature has charged the JIPIC with the task of conducting a fact-finding study on immigration issues. The commission has already held public hearings in Montgomery last October and in Huntsville last week.
The JIPIC is also charged with submitting a report outlining suggestions and proposals to address the issues of illegal and legal immigration to the legislature, Gov. Bob Riley and members of the Alabama Congressional Delegation.