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 »

Undocumented immigrants contribute some $11 billion to the US economy every year. Some of these immigrants are farm workers (and workers in similar areas, such as the dairy industry) who help to keep American farms open and producing affordable, quality food. As many as 70% of all US farm workers are undocumented immigrants. Recent history has… Continue »

The famous Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, but behind the pageantry and horse racing will be an industry that is struggling with a painful and damaging immigrant labor shortage. Also highlighted below are stories about how Cape Cod businesses won’t have enough immigrants for the summer tourist season — and how a deepening labor shortage in California may… Continue »

Tramonte and Leopold: Trump Administration Enables Abusers With Tactic of “Deportation Intimidation” Cleveland, OH — Michael Grabell at ProPublica, an organization for independent investigative journalism, published a new piece highlighting the depth of exploitation that immigrant workers are experiencing at Case Farms chicken processing plants in Ohio and North Carolina. “The story of Osiel López Pérez… Continue »

1,500 economists today said that immigrants contribute to the economy.

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 »

Trump's deportation force is conducting mass deportations

Trump’s travel ban and immigration crackdown are having wide-ranging effects, from dampening travel into the US to causing labor shortages on US farms to damaging the relationship between local law enforcement agencies and immigrant communities. Today, here’s another roundup of even more consequences of Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Customs and Border Patrol have more power to abuse We’ve… Continue »

Republicans are supposed to be the party of small government — though apparently not when they’re the ones in power, or when it comes to targeting immigrants. As Donald Trump’s immigration and mass deportation agenda takes shape, one recurring theme is its heavy-handedness, extensive overreach, and use of government intrusion to force its way into cities,… Continue »

Rural America relies on foreign doctors for care; Trump’s travel ban would keep these doctors out As we highlighted yesterday, Trump’s cruel, costly, and chaotic immigration policies are having tidal wave effects across the country. In a new analysis for Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” entitled “How Trump’s travel ban would hurt the people who voted… Continue »

We’ve spent a lot of time writing about the impact of Trump’s immigration agenda on immigrant agricultural workers, how these workers do jobs that Americans don’t want to do, and how the agricultural industry suffers whenever there’s a crackdown on immigrants. The latest person to learn this lesson seems to be Eric Trump, who owns Trump Winery in Virginia… Continue »

On Thursday March 16th, the White House requested $3 billion dollars as the first down-payment on Trump’s executive orders to implement his mass deportation agenda.  Without this funding, there is no money for a wall, new Border Patrol and ICE agents, and more detention facilities that fuel the private prison industry. Together we must tell… Continue »