January 28, 2013
SACRAMENTO, California (January 28, 2013) — The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) applauded the effort of a bipartisan group of senators who issued a set of principles on Monday for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration system.
"It's refreshing to see our leaders in Washington talking to one another on this issue, rather than at one another," said Frank Niccoli, CLCA's president and the chief executive officer of The Village Gardener Inc., San Carlos.
"We understand that this is just a framework and that the devil is in the details, maybe a lot of devils in more details than we may want to contemplate right now, but this does seem like a balanced proposal that sincerely addresses the many concerns," said Niccoli.
The framework, which eight senators released on Monday, contains four "basic legislative pillars":
"As employers of scarce construction and landscape maintenance workers, especially when economic times are good, CLCA members especially appreciate the framework's recognition that the future flow of workers into this country is an essential component of reform," said Niccoli. "If we don't take into account the enormous pressure in future years to match vacant positions with willing workers, everyone will be back at the table in 10 or 20 years saying the system is once again broken. The framework's other pillars, no matter how strong, would collapse under such pressure."
CLCA is a nonprofit trade association of licensed landscape and landscape-related contractors working in California's multi-billion dollar green industry. Also included among its approximately 2,200 members are landscape suppliers, landscape designers, public officials and educators.
For more information about CLCA's views on comprehensive immigration reform, click HERE.