Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stated during a speech in Nebraska all that is needed to address illegal immigration is resolve.
Vilsack addressed the National Farmers Union meeting in La Vista, outlining efforts by the Obama Administration to strengthen the country’s agriculture economy. At the end of the speech, Vilsack addressed illegal immigration.
Vilsack stated that everyone in Washington knows immigration in this country is broken, but no one has the political will to address it.
“Everybody knows it’s a problem,” Vilsack state, repeating, “Everybody knows it’s a problem. Where are the statesmen? Where are the people that are willing to put the national interest ahead of all else?”
Vilsack said too many in Washington want to use illegal immigration as a political tool, to stir up emotion and fear at election time, hoping to sway votes. He said those politicians see the issue as too valuable to solve.
The USDA Chief said the issue should be of concern to farmers.
“Well, here’s the risk to farming,” according to Vilsack, “We’re getting to a point where crops may rot, because we simply don’t have the people in the fields to do the work that needs to be done.”
Vilsack says it will be quite a waste if the country cannot resolve the issue.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:32]
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