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News & Press: Press Release

Statement on Recent ICE Enforcement

Thursday, June 7, 2018  
    Columbus OH | Washington DC


For Immediate Release
June 7, 2018
Mary Beth Cowardin
Vice President Marketing & Member Engagement

Statement on Recent ICE Enforcement

Columbus, OH – AmericanHort, the leading association for the horticulture industry, has just released a position statement regarding the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid on Corso’s Flower and Garden Center in Ohio. This statement can be found at
“AmericanHort remains committed to helping our members deal with this challenge and we will continue to advocate for fixing this badly broken immigration system and work visa programs.” shared Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President Industry Advocacy and Research for AmericanHort.
“We strongly encourage members of AmericanHort to review our Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Audit and Enforcement Guidance Document available to all members in our online Knowledge Center.” said Ken Fisher, President and CEO of AmericanHort. This document provides an overview of recent history and a discussion on general immigration compliance advice to help businesses deal with ICE requests. “We can’t emphasize enough our commitment to helping our members with this challenge.”


The AmericanHort community includes professionals from all facets of the industry. From growers to retailers, breeders to installers, suppliers to innovators, students to researchers, and everyone in between, businesses across the horticulture industry call AmericanHort their inspiration, voice, community, success, business partner, leader, and advocate. With $196 billion of market influence and the generation of 1.15 million jobs, the horticulture industry is a key player in the global economy. AmericanHort supports businesses in their continuous growth and success with knowledge resources, staff development, in-person meetings, and government advocacy. The strength of our influence depends on the strength of our collaboration, and AmericanHort unites the industry as a major force. What we do together matters.

Cultivate’18 is the national industry event hosted by AmericanHort every July in Columbus, Ohio. This year it is July 14-17. Cultivate owns the niche for gathering the entire industry supply chain in one place for four days of professional development and robust business opportunities with its 650+ exhibitor trade show, 140+ educational sessions, and plentiful networking opportunities.