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PLANET/LM immigration survey shows support for citizenship “road map”

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Do you feel the issue of immigration is important to the landscape industry and needs to be fixed on the federal level?
Do you feel the issue of immigration is important to the landscape industry and needs to be fixed on the federal level?

With some signs in Congress that immigration reform may happen this year, Landscape Management and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) partnered on an immigration sentiments survey among members of the landscape and lawn care industry.

The survey was fielded online in February and March, garnering 536 responses with a +/-5 percent margin of error and a 95 percent confidence interval.

 

Federal fix?

It’s clear members of the landscape industry believe immigration policy needs to be fixed at the federal level—81 percent of respondents say so (see chart). That may be because nearly two-thirds of respondents say they have trouble finding and keeping workers.

Other answers aren’t as definitive. For example, on the question, “Should illegal immigrants already here be able to legally work here?” respondents were nearly split, with 45 percent of them saying “yes,” 42 percent of them saying “no” and 13 percent of them unsure.

 

Support for road map to citizenship

Do you support or oppose a new immigration policy that includes a road map to citizenship for immigrants who already live and work in the United States and aspire to be U.S. citizens?
Do you support or oppose a new immigration policy that includes a road map to citizenship for immigrants who already live and work in the United States and aspire to be U.S. citizens?

On a question about an immigration policy that includes a road map to citizenship for immigrants who already live and work in the U.S. and aspire to be citizens, landscape industry members’ response—75 percent in support (see chart)—mirrors the general public’s sentiments from a Pew Research Center/USA Today survey last June. That poll found 71 percent of U.S. adults in support of a way for undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally, if they meet certain requirements.

Despite 99 percent of respondents in our survey saying it’s important they have an all-legal workforce (see chart), 39 percent of them also say they believe some of their workers’ I-9 forms may be backed up with falsified paperwork.

 

On E-Verify, H-2B use

More than a third of respondents use E-Verify, the federal government’s web-based system that confirms employment eligibility, the survey shows.

  • 19 percent use E-Verify because their states require it.
  • 17 percent use E-Verify voluntarily.
  • 64 percent do not use E-Verify.

Use of the H-2B seasonal guest-worker visa program came in at 13 percent. Seven percent of respondents indicated they do not use the program currently but did so prior to 2010; 80 percent of respondents do not use the program.

 

Political involvement

How important is it to your business to be assured that you have a 100 percent legal workforce?
How important is it to your business to be assured that you have a 100 percent legal workforce? (Numbers don’t equal 100 percent due to rounding.)

While most people (81 percent) say they would reach out to their senators and U.S. representatives to ask them to fix the immigration system now, if given the chance, the No. 1 reason respondents who say they wouldn’t contact their legislators is they “don’t think it would help.” Here’s how those responses broke down (survey takers could select more than one response):

  • “I don’t have the time.” — 15 percent;
  • “I don’t know how to.” — 5 percent;
  • “I don’t think it would help.” — 56 percent;
  • “I’m concerned it would expose my business to government scrutiny.” — 11 percent; and
  • Other — 23 percent.

Answers given for “other” include variations of having bigger issues to contact legislators about, not being too concerned with immigration specifically, not having faith in government enforcement of new immigration laws and not wanting to get involved in politics.

Marisa Palmieri

Marisa Palmieri

Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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