TAG: immigration reform

Editor’s Note: It’s time

July 3, 2018By

I can vividly recall sitting next to Bob Dolibois, retired executive vice president of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (now AmericanHort), on a bus ride at an industry event in May 2007, days after the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 was introduced in the Senate. This bill—which was viewed as a compromise between both parties, thanks to its... read more

Government Affairs: Trump’s first few weeks

February 7, 2017By

  We are a few weeks into the Trump administration, and we’re getting a glimpse of how this presidency might impact (or not) the landscape contracting industry in three major areas: immigration reform, guest-worker programs and regulations. Immigration Reform It’s clear comprehensive immigration reform (like the bill that passed the Senate but stalled in the House in 2013) will be... read more

Government Affairs: The presidential election’s effects on our workforce

September 7, 2016By

In my July Landscape Management blog post, I looked at where the two then-presumptive presidential candidates stood on immigration issues, specifically comprehensive immigration reform and the H-2B guest-worker program. Now that both candidates have been officially nominated by their respective parties, let’s look a bit deeper into how each candidate’s policies might affect the overall workforce available to the landscape contracting... read more

Government Affairs: Congress’ unfinished business for landscapers

December 7, 2015By

This year was not a productive year for Congress dealing with issues important to landscape contractors. For that matter, 2015 was not a productive year for Congress by any measure. Although both the House and Senate are controlled by the Republican Party, deep internal divisions among Republican House members, kept much of anything meaningful from getting to the floor for... read more

NALP, lawmakers discuss green industry issues

July 28, 2015By

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) held its annual Legislative Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 21. More than 100 industry members participated by visiting legislators and their staff members to discuss issues facing the green industry. Some discussion topics included: The H-2B program. Industry members called for reforms to the program that would preserve the... read more

Government Affairs: The next move on immigration reform

December 2, 2014By

On Nov. 20, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions that would defer deportation for an estimated 4.5 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S. The executive actions had been anticipated since last spring, but the Obama administration postponed taking action to give Congress the opportunity to act on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The Senate passed a... read more