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California Farmworker to Kevin McCarthy on Immigration: “It’s Time to Move this Country Forward.”

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“Do Your Jobs” Campaign Continues with Direct Calls to Action from Local Immigrant Workers and Business Owners

Last month, we kicked off the “Do Your Jobs” campaign by attempting to deliver immigrant-processed turkeys and merlot wine to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and other House leadership offices.  The goal of the effort, organized by America’s Voice, United Farm Workers, United Food and Commercial Workers, Mi Familia Vota, and AFL-CIO, was to remind Republican leaders of the important work immigrants do every day so that they can enjoy holidays with their loved ones.  In exchange, we asked House Republicans to take 15 minutes out of their busy vacation schedules and schedule a vote on a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants who aspire to be Americans.

Unfortunately, we had doors locked in our faces.  But we’re continuing the campaign to showcase how hard many Americans work every day, in contrast to our “leaders” in Congress who are holding up action on immigration reform.  As the House prepares to work its final 5 days of 2013, we’re continuing to highlight real people who do their jobs every day, and only want their leaders in Congress to do the same.

In our latest profile, we’re lifting up Teresa Arredondo, a farmworker foreman in Bakersfield, CA.  View our graphic and our blog post here.

Teresa works 84 hours a week to protect her workers and our health.

From the Coachella Valley to Kern County, Teresa manages crews and inspects products to be shipped around the U.S. and the world.

At work she ensures safety laws and regulations are in place.  At home she is Mom to 3 U.S. citizen kids.

“I would like to see immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship passed so that labor and sexual abuse can be brought to justice,” Teresa says.  “Entire communities live in fear of the very authorities that claim to protect them.  We need immigration reform for the sake of dignity and to continue the hard labor we do.  It’s time to move this country forward.”

Teresa works hard every day.  Rep. McCarthy, why don’t you?

It’s time to give Teresa a vote.