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TAG: immigration

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

ICE arrests 100-plus at Ohio greenhouse, landscape company

June 6, 2018By

More than 100 workers were arrested June 5 when about 200 federal officers raided two Corso’s Flower & Garden Center locations in Sandusky and Castalia, Ohio, The Associated Press reports. It was one of the largest workplace immigration raids in recent years. Corso’s is a family-owned company founded in 1941 with a greenhouse, flower shop, garden center, landscape department and... 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: What impact will the Trump presidency have on the landscape industry

November 10, 2016By

Despite the predictions of pollsters and pundits to the contrary, Donald Trump engineered a stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in this week’s presidential election. Not only did Trump win the presidency, but the Republicans held their majorities in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. This gives Trump the possibility of having his legislative agenda passed through Congress by... 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