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News Release from: Oregon Assn. of Nurseries

Nursery Industry Responds to Homeland Security No-Match Lawsuit

September 12th, 2007 12:18 PM

Wilsonville - This week the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association joined together to file a lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security's "No-Match" rule. The two groups contend in their lawsuit that the Department of Homeland Security violated provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires federal agencies to consider the impact of their rules on small businesses.

Jeff Stone, Director of Government Relations for the Oregon Association of Nurseries, released the following statement regarding the filing:

"DHS failed to consider the impacts of its rule on small businesses across the country, which are the backbone of our economy. Almost all of our nursery owners and operators are small businesses and the federal government has an obligation to study and understand the impacts of a proposed rule on these businesses before implementing a rule. Small businesses shouldn't have to bear the brunt of a burdensome and disruptive rule because Congress failed to pass an immigration reform law."

The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires agencies to identify and evaluate alternatives that would accomplish the objectives of the rule without unduly burdening small entities when the rules impose a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

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The Oregon Association of Nurseries, based in Wilsonville, represents more than 1,600 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Oregon's ornamental horticulture industry is the state's largest agricultural commodity, with annual sales of more than $875 million. For information visit our web site at www.oan.org or call 503-682-5089.

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