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How Immigrant Workers Are Getting Us Through The Pandemic

Many of us are being advised to isolate at home during this pandemic, but that simply isn’t an option for many farm workers, medical care professionals, truck drivers, janitorial staff, domestic workers, and many others. These workers, many of whom are immigrants, are keeping our health care services and food supply lines running. That means … Continue reading »

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Legalize Farmworkers

“This is a bill that will grant full rights and responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of hard-working immigrants and their families” Today, the House approved the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038), a bipartisan bill to put hundreds of thousands of farmworkers on a path to citizenship. The bill was the result of lengthy negotiations … Continue reading »

VOTE RECOMMENDATION: Farm Workforce Modernization Act Offers Hope and Legal Status to Farmworkers and Their Families

America’s Voice Urges YES Vote The Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038) cleared the House Rules Committee Tuesday and is expected to be debated and voted on in the House Wednesday.  America’s Voice urges all Members of Congress to vote for this historic, bipartisan legislation to legalize farmworkers and their families in a way that … Continue reading »

Farm Workforce Modernization Act Makes Room for Future Reform & Bipartisan Collaboration

“Fixing a broken system can start in the fields and orchards, but it needs to spread far beyond farm country.” This week marked the introduction of legislation that supports the workers and businesses across the country who put food on our tables and are the foundation of the American economy. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act … Continue reading »

Farm Workforce Modernization Act Charts a Bipartisan Path to the Legalization of Farmworkers

Immigrants Put Food on America’s Table, Grow Our Economy and Turbo-Charge Our Ag Exports Led by Democrat Zoe Lofgren of California and Republican Dan Newhouse of Washington, a bipartisan group of legislators announced today the introduction of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019. They were joined by an array of key Republican and Democratic … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Must Read WSJ Op-Ed on Consequences of Trump Immigration Enforcement on One Small Pennsylvania Town

In a powerful new op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Dickinson College professor Crispin Sartwell describes how Trump’s indiscriminate deportations are sowing fear, wreaking havoc on the local agricultural economy and sense of community in York Springs, a rural Pennsylvania town. It’s a must read. “Fiestas and Apple Orchards: Small-Town Life Before Trump” is excerpted below and … Continue reading »

Trump Mass Deportation Policy Destabilizing Workers, Farms, and Farming Communities Across the Nation

The Trump Administration’s hastily written, ill-advised executive orders on immigration have had many unintended consequences, including on the tourism industry and across farming communities and the agricultural sector. Over half of all United States farm workers are undocumented, according to the U.S. Department of Labor; over 8 million undocumented immigrants contribute to America’s workforce, according … Continue reading »

New Research: Quotes from Farmers on Why Immigrants and Farm Workers Are So Important to US Businesses, Economy

Quotes from farmers about immigrants here Last week, Democratic Senators Feinstein (CA), Leahy (VT), Bennet (CO), Hirono (HI), and Harris (CA) introduced the Agricultural Worker Program Act, a new piece of legislation designed to protect farm workers from deportation and put them on a path to citizenship. It’s an important proposal for immigrant laborers who do … Continue reading »

Immigrants Contribute to the Economy – 1,500 Economists Say So

Today, nearly 1,500 economists sent a letter to Donald Trump and top Congressional leaders highlighting how immigrants contribute to the economy and urging Congress to pass immigration reform. Economists: immigrants contribute to the economy As the letter said: Immigration is one of America’s significant competitive advantages in the global economy. With the proper and necessary safeguards … Continue reading »

Across the Country, Farmers and Farmworkers Agree Trump's Deportation Agenda Bad For Agriculture

Donald Trump’s mass deportation crackdown is here, rounding up immigrants indiscriminately, arresting those who are clearly not “bad hombres”, and detaining those who have no business being detained. Among other things, his crackdown is bad for agriculture. And, because so much of the agriculture industry relies on the work of undocumented immigrants, everyone who eats should … Continue reading »