Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Friday that illegal immigrants who work in U.S. farms will not be the target for deportation under the Trump administration.
In a speech to the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City, Perdue said that President Donald Trump is open to helping farmers get their immigrant labor force protected from deportation.
Perdue, who assumed office Tuesday, tells farmers that he’s working on a solution that would allow immigrant workers in the agricultural sector to remain in the country legally.
The Daily Caller reports:
“[Trump] understands that there are long-term immigrants, sometimes undocumented immigrant laborers, out here on the farms, many of them that are doing a great job, contributing to the economy of the United States,” Perdue said Friday. “That is not his focus nor will that be my focus.”
Farm groups have expressed concern that the Trump administration’s tough immigration policies could lead to hike in food prices and uncertainty in farms across the country.
Many food producers, such dairies and farmers, depend on foreign workers because they typically work for lower wages and willing to do the difficult jobs than U.S. nationals.
During the campaign, candidate Trump has frequently vowed to step up deportations of illegal immigrants.