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Florida Citrus Mutual continues to focus on getting a comprehensive immigration reform bill through Congress. This is an ongoing issue that is already a major factor in the new Administration’s agenda. Mutual believes any immigration reform must contain an effective guest worker program that brings workers in, keeps track of the workers while they are here, and then sends them home when the season is over.

The issue is not about illegal immigrants or immigration – it is a business and economics problem. The Florida citrus industry just like the service, construction and restaurant industries wants legal workers. Florida Citrus Mutual understands the symbiotic relationship between grower and workers – if the grower doesn’t have workers, he can’t harvest the crop and if the worker doesn’t have a job, he can’t make necessary income. This understanding will keep Mutual at the table as the national debate on immigration moves forward.