September 6, 1963
The Honorable Augustus F. Hawkins
Dear Mr. Hawkins:
I am writing to urge your support of the bill known as H. R. 8195 to permit Mexican farm laborers to continue to enter the United States for seasonal employment on farms.
We are processors of food products. The economical production of food demands that the farmers have available to them an adequate supply of good labor. The Mexican national program has been a good program for the United States, for the State of California, and for the Mexican nationals involved. These nationals contribute substantially to the economy of their own locations in Mexico. This has been a very fine program from the standpoint of maintaining good relations with the Mexican nation.
As a California food processing company which employs many hundreds of people, I urge you to support H. R. 8195, the Mexican farm labor bill, to enable us to continue to look to our farmers as suppliers of high quality farm raw material. This program does not injure the American worker but aids tremendously in delivering econimical high quality processed foods to the family home. In these days of ever-increasing inflationary practices, the elimination of the Mexican farm labor supply would be a tragic step backward in our opinion. It can only result in higher cost foods to the ultimate consumer and probably will result in some agricultural industries being forced out of California.
Arthur N. Prater