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On June 25, President Obama released the 21-page President’s Climate Action Plan, an outline of priorities and policy initiatives addressing the threat of climate change. The Plan stresses three courses of action:

On June 27, the Senate passed its comprehensive Immigration Bill (S 744)—unfortunately including the terms of Senator Merkley’s (D-Oregon) amendment, placing unworkable stipulations on reforestation contractors seeking to obtain visas for H-2B guestworkers. Attention now shifts to the House, which has indicated that it will probably pass a series of bills, rather than a comprehensive bill, to address such controversial issues such as amnesty, treatment of minor-age aliens, securing the border, a path forward to citizenship—and reform of guestworker programs, including the H-2B program that regulates guestworkers employed by reforestation contractors.

On March 6, a broad group of collaborators, significantly drawn from leaders of the 25x’25 Bio-Energy Coalition but including representatives of several other organizations, formally announced creation of a project called Solutions from the Land and released its 45-page Pathways Report. This Report...

The H-2B Workforce Coalition, in the governance of which FRA participates, recently finalized and published Principles for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, presenting background on...

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