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News Release from: Oregon Assn. of Nurseries
Nursery Industry Lauds National Association for Joining Homeland Security No-Match Lawsuit
Posted: September 14th, 2007

Wilsonville - The Oregon Association of Nurseries praised the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) for joining seven business organizations on a lawsuit filed yesterday, challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “Social Security No-Match” regulation issued last month. The no-match rule would require employers to take specific steps within a limited timeframe when they receive notice from the Social Security Administration that employees’ names and social security numbers do not match, and to terminate their employment if the discrepancy cannot be resolved.

John Aguirre, Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, released the following statement regarding the ANLA’s decision:

“This is a strong statement that the nursery and landscape industry wants to resolve the immigration issue. The DHS rule has galvanized the nursery industry across the country. We are proud the ANLA has made the decision to join the lawsuit.”

“The DHS rule would only harm business without a stable, accessible guest worker program. We will work with the ANLA, farm labor, faith and other business organizations—in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and nationally—to resolve the signature issue of our time: immigration."

Many green industry businesses face high demands for seasonal workers, and would be required to comply with the no-match rule while simultaneously attempting to meet their seasonal hiring needs. The nursery sector alone employs nearly 12,000 seasonal workers and more than 10,000 full time workers each year. For the last several years, Oregon has had a major shortage of people willing to work on farms, creating a pinch for nursery businesses.

ANLA joined the effort in the courts to reduce the administrative burden on its small business members, basing its argument on the failure of DHS to comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). Under RFA, government agencies are required to assess impacts of new regulations on small businesses and to seek less burdensome ways for small entities to comply with federal requirements.

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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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