CLCA In The Nation's Capital

Members of the California Landscape Contractors Association have made several trips to Washington, D.C. to lobby for comprehensive immigration reform. Members of Congress were always very interested to hear the "real world" views of their constituents.

Attendees called on Congress to approve legislation that would:

  • Provide for a guest worker program that would allow businesses to recruit immigrant workers when U.S. workers are not available.
  • Not impose unworkable enforcement systems with harsh and unreasonable penalties for employers.
  • Allow the approximately 11 million undocumented workers currently in the United States (4 to 5 percent of the U.S. workforce) to be able to stay and earn a path to citizenship.
  • Respect immigrants who are working to become citizens.
Members of CLCA's delegations attended informational briefings. Pictured here: Bob Wade, CLP, CLIA; Cathy Gurney; and Astrid Schmidt, lobbyist with Greenberg Traurig in Washington, D.C.
They heard from CLCA's legislative advocate in in the capital and a leader of the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, Laura Foote Reiff of Greenberg Traurig.
They met with Senator Dianne Feinstein, a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform. She is pictured (above right) meeting with the CLCA delegation. Standing, L to R: Patrick Jeannette; Kamran Dideban; Robert Wade, CLP, CLIA; and David Norred. Sitting, L to R: Larry Rohlfes, CAE; Tom Ellington; Senator Feinstein (D-California), and Cathy Gurney. Kamran Dideban; Pedro Pablo Permuy, lobbyist with Greenberg Traurig; Larry Rohlfes, CAE; and David Norred.