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Federal Judge Halts Administration’s Deferred Action Plan for Undocumented

March 4, 2015
BROWNSVILLE, TX – A federal district court judge in Texas halted the Obama Administration’s plan to defer deportation of as many as five million undocumented immigrants (See PLNA e-News November 25, 2014). The decision came down days before the program was to begin accepting applications... (more)

PLNA, AmericanHort, PLANET push for H-2B Reform Legislation

March 4, 2015
WASHINGTON – PLNA, AmericanHort and PLANET joined with other seasonal workforce industries to urge legislators in Washington to fix the H-2B guest worker program... (more)

Outlook for Immigration Reform Dims in Senate, Brightens in House

January 28, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The outlook for immigration reform in the new Senate dimmed further with the appointment of strong immigration reform opponents to key posts on the Senate Judiciary Committee... (more)

Riding the H-2B Rollercoaster

January 28, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. - AmericanHort and PLNA continue to fight for H-2B relief on behalf of members, but faces ongoing challenges from the Department of Labor (DOL) and labor groups... (more)

New H2A Wage Rates in Effect

January 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New H2A wage rates for 2015 were published and took effect December 19, 2014.  Click here for the Federal Register notice... (more)

President Takes Immigration Actions

November 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama announced November 20 that he would take a series of administration actions to defer deportation of up to 4.5 million undocumented immigrants and provide them with work authorization... (more)

White House Delays Administrative Immigration Fix

October 1, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama Administration announced in September that it will not propose sweeping administrative changes to the country’s immigration policies before the mid-term elections November 4... (more)

Obama Administration Immigration Fix Not Likely to Affect Guest Worker Programs

September 8, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As reported in the August PLNA e-News, the Obama Administration is contemplating a series of administrative actions to achieve some of what Congress was unable to do with immigration reform.... (more)

Obama Weighs Executive Action in Response to Congressional Inaction on Immigration

August 11, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama vowed to take steps by executive order to implement some measures for immigration reform that Congress has been unable to move forward... (more)

PLNA Meets with Congressman Thompson on Immigration

August 11, 2014
ERIE – PLNA members met with Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-Centre) in July to urge him to press U.S. House Republican leadership to move immigration reform forward... (more)

Immigration Reform Window Slams Shut

July 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The small window for immigration reform in Congress, which was open last month for a short period, slammed shut with Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Virginia) stunning defeat in his June primary... (more)

Pro-Immigration Groups Ask Obama to Hold on Enforcement Review

June 2, 2014​
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A constellation of pro-immigration-reform groups sent a letter to President Obama urging that potential administrative actions relating to immigration enforcement be delayed until after the summer, so as not to negatively impact the summer legislative window for potential House action... (more)

House Bill Would Fix H2B Problems

April 3, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – PLNA has joined AmericanHort, PLANET and hundreds of seasonal businesses and associations in urging Congress to pass H.R. 4238, a bill that would fix the broken H2-B guest worker program... (more)

Immigration Reform Hopes Dim

February 26, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, MD. - For a brief period in late January, there appeared to be some hope that immigration reform could actually get done in this session of Congress. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had said that the House Republican Conference would put together a set of principles upon which they would advance a set of immigration reform bills this year... (more

A Chance for Immigration Reform in 2014?

January 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC - Recent signals from the Republican conference in the U.S. House and Speaker John Boehner may indicate that an immigration bill is possible in the 2014... (more)

Immigration Reform: Taking the Long View

November 26, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The "small window that is closing fast” for immigration reform slammed shut in November, at least for the time being. When finger pointing began in mid-November over why immigration reform failed, not only between Democrats and Republicans, but also within Democratic and Republican circles, it was clear that the window had been "nailed shut,” as ANLA’s Craig Regelbrugge put it... (more)

Immigration Reform: Small Window is Closing Fast

November 4, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – That’s how Craig Regelbrugge, ANLA’s vice president of government affairs describes the prospects for getting anything done on immigration reform in this session of Congress: a small window that is closing fast. 
To recap, last June the U.S. Senate passed S. 744, a comprehensive immigration bill that embodied most of what the green industry has been seeking for at least the past fifteen years... (more)

Quiet Talks on Immigration Continue

October 14, 2013WASHINGTON, D.C. - Though the federal government shutdown has intruded, negotiations continue in the hopes of House action on immigration legislation later this year. So far, five bills targeting border security, interior enforcement, E-Verify, visas for the highly educated and skilled, and an agricultural guest worker program have been approved by House committees... (more)

PLNA Works with Pennsylvania Ag Groups to Push Immigration Reform

September 2, 2013
HARRISBURG – With Congress in recess for August, PLNA and a coalition of other Pennsylvania ag groups spread out across Pennsylvania to press the message with the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation that the U.S. house must act on comprehensive immigration reform when they come back into session. Meetings have been scheduled in August through September. The goal is to meet with each member of the delegation... (more)

Urge Congress to Act on Immigration Reform!

August 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress has headed home for the month of August. On the topic of workforce and immigration reform, what members of the House of Representatives hear while they are home will shape their attitudes and actions when they return on September 9 to Washington. If they hear from constituents urging House action on meaningful immigration reform measures, there will be post-August momentum. If they only hear from opponents, the opportunity may pass... (more)

Urge Congress to Rescind H-2B Wage Hike

August 11, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - ANLA has been working with Congress to encourage the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) to rescind their interim final H-2B wage rule, which is placing severe hardship on landscape contractors that use the seasonal, non-agricultural visa program... (more)

Analysis: The Road Ahead for Immigration Reform

July 3, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The last week of June, the U.S. Senate passed S. 744, Congress’ first serious attempt at comprehensive immigration reform since 2007. The bill, hammered out by a bipartisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Eight,” led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), passed with a majority of 68 to 32 that included all Democratic and 14 Republican senators... (more)

Act Now! Urge House to Take Up Immigration Reform!

July 2, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - With last week's strong bipartisan vote in the Senate passing immigration reform legislation, attention now shifts to the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives is moving toward a potential debate and vote on this issue in July, so NOW is the critical time to let your Congressman know you support the House moving an immigration reform bill or package of bills... (more)

Immigration Reform: What's in the Senate Bill?

June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday June 27, the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation S. 744 by a vote of 68-32. In a nutshell, here is what the bill would do: 
The "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S. 744) includes provisions on border security, the creation of a new "W-Visa,” a new agricultural guest worker visa program, a mandatory E-verify system, and makes changes to the existing H-2B Program. The bill would create a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million individuals living in the US illegally. It would also provide for 20,000 new Border Patrol agents, requires the completion of 700 miles of fencing and requires an array of high-tech devices be deployed to secure the border with Mexico... (more)

Immigrant Labor Has Contributed More Than $100b to Medicare

June 16, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.— A new study released by Harvard University researchers found that immigrant laborers have contributed significantly more to Medicare than then have taken out. 
According to a report on, "Immigrants to the U.S. contributed $115.2 billion more to the Medicare Trust Fund during the past decade than they withdrew, casting doubt on criticism they overburden the health plan, Harvard University researchers said... (more)

Immigration Reform News and Tools for Employers

June 16, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - For those monitoring the immigration reform debate in Congress, the latest news is a mix of good and bad. Among the good news -- last week, 110 conservative economists endorsed immigration reform. As for the bad news: NumbersUSA, the nation’s leading anti-immigration grassroots organization, has purchased nearly half a million dollars in television ads covering 11 states. The opposition ads are scheduled to run May 25 to June 2 in the target states of Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Missouri... (more)

ANLA Presses the Case for Immigration Reform

May 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The powerful U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is beginning its third week considering S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. In the House of Representatives, a bipartisan negotiating group has announced a "meeting of the minds” on its own comprehensive immigration framework... (more)

Survey: Growing Support for Immigration

May 6, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A recent national survey finds growing support for comprehensive immigration reform. Overall, only fifteen percent of those surveyed think that immigration is a bad thing for the United States and sixty-eight percent think that the U.S. immigration system needs "lots of changes" or a "complete overhaul." Moreover, self-identified Tea Party voters favored a "complete overhaul" of the U.S. immigration system by forty-six percent... (more)

New Form I-9 Released by USCIS

May 6, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for use by all employers. Employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States and retain it on file for inspection by federal officials... (more)

DHS and DOL Publish Interim Final Rule for H-2B Program

May 6, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On April 24, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) are jointly published the "Interim Final Rule, Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment H-2B Program, Part 2" in the Federal Register. Upon publication, the rule was effective immediately. Comments on the rule are due within 45 days of publication in the Federal Register... (more)

Immigration Reform Proposed by Gang of Eight

May 3, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, April 17, the Senate "Gang of Eight" introduced its comprehensive immigration reform legislation titled "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013." PLANET is in the process of analyzing the 900 pages of legislation, but below is a summary of the major provisions. The legislation includes provisions on border security, the creation of a new "W" visa, a mandatory E-Verify system, and a route to legalization for individuals in unlawful status and makes changes to the existing H-2B program... (more)

Senate Group Reaches Agreement on Immigration Reform

April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC - The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and its partner, OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals, applaud a landmark agreement in principle on the agricultural provisions of the Senate immigration reform bill... (more)

Make Your Voice Heard on Immigration Reform!

April 5, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  As you may have noticed, when it comes to Congress and immigration reform, the glass is half full. There is better momentum and there is more political space that we’ve had in years. Bipartisan working groups in both the House and Senate are far along in the development of legislative packages... (more)
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