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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Host Media Conference Call on the Importance of Commonsense Immigration Reform for Georgia Economy

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WASHINGTON- Today, August 13,, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a media conference call on the importance of commonsense immigration reform for Georgia’s agriculture and rural communities.

The White House recently released a report, “Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits to Agriculture and Rural Communities” which outlines the worker shortage agriculture faces today and highlights the important benefits immigration reform would provide for the domestic agriculture sector, its workforce, and rural communities.

The report projects that the elimination of immigrant labor in Georgia could cause $100.5-180.8 million in short-term agricultural production losses, a significant portion of the state’s $7.1 billion industry. Fixing America’s broken immigration system would grow the Georgia economy, potentially increasing total personal income for Georgia families by $4.2 billion by 2020, according to Regional Economic Models, Inc.

Important benefits of comprehensive immigration reform, including a factsheet on Georgia specific impacts, can be found here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2013
10-10:30 a.m. EDT

WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a media conference call on the economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform in the region.

DIAL IN: 888-957-9821
Passcode: GEORGIA (Given Verbally)
Trouble number: 202-720-8560

All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.

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