Bernie Thiel Featured in New Ad Aimed at Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bernie Thiel, who operates his family’s Sunburst Farms near Lubbock, Texas, has released an ad targeting Immigration Reform.
The ad, which is sponsored by the Partnership for a New American Economy and the American Farm Bureau Federation, showcases 10 acres of squash that Bernie had to destroy because of a shortage of workers.
According to USA Today, the ad will appear in D.C. taxicabs, the Reagan National and Dulles International airports in the Washington area and movie theatres in 16 congressional districts. It will also run at state fairs and rodeos in Idaho and Louisiana. View the ad below:
“Our farmers are struggling to do their jobs because they don’t have the workers they need. So while Congress does nothing to address agriculture labor shortages, farms fail, food rots, and we import more produce from overseas,” said John Feinblatt, Chairman of the Partnership for a New American Economy.
Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, shares the same sentiment. “Ultimately, as a nation, we will decide whether we import our labor or import our food. While our nation’s current political climate makes comprehensive reform a challenge, we are determined that ensuring an adequate farm workforce and securing our borders are compatible goals that are worthy of continued pursuit.”
USA Today reports that a bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill passed in the Senate last year but not in the House. Congress will be leaving at the end of the week for a month-long recess, and there is not much time before lawmakers end the session for November elections.
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