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Thompson leads call to protect agriculture workforce

From LakeCoNews.com, Lake County News, 17 Feb 2012. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) is leading a group of representatives in calling on President Obama to protect the U.S. agricultural workforce from a harmful “enforcement-only” approach to immigration reform. In a letter to the president, Thompson and his colleagues in the House wrote that … Continue reading

Mexican Ambassador Sarukhan Visits Valley

From FresnoBee.com, Heather Somerville, The Fresno Bee, 16 Feb 2012. Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan’s visit to Fresno on Thursday — a first by Mexico’s top representative in the U.S. — underscored the robust relationship between Mexico and the Valley and highlighted concerns about protecting the region’s agriculture industry from anti-immigrant legislation. Sarukhan spent the day … Continue reading

UFW Endorses Lara in 33rd State Senate District Race

From ContraCostaTimes.com, Eric Bradley, Staff Writer, 5 Jan 2012. LONG BEACH, CA – The United Farm Workers of America on Thursday endorsed Assemblyman Ricardo Lara for the newly drawn, Long Beach-anchored 33rd State Senate District. The nod to Lara’s candidacy from the UFW, which was co-founded by Cesar Chavez, is another signal that political powers … Continue reading

The GOP Divide Over Illegal Immigrants: Are They People or Abstractions?

From TheAtlantic.com, “The GOP Divide Over Illegal Immigrants: Are They People or Abstractions?” 23 Nov 2011. Newt Gingrich thought he was stating the obvious when he said it would be inhumane to deport longtime residents. He was wrong. Is it inhumane to deport an illegal immigrant who came to the United States 25 years ago, … Continue reading

Romney Talks Agriculture with Western Growers

From ThePacker.com, Mike Hornick, 8 Nov 2011. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pledged his support to resolve agriculture’s labor issues in a conference call to the Western Growers’ 86th annual meeting. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, spoke with the trade association’s board of directors Nov. 7. California and Arizona grower-shippers are meeting at The Grand … Continue reading

Astronaut Running for Congress in Central Calif.

From Google.com, Traci Cone, Associated Press, 11 Oct 2011. FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California native who grew up picking vegetables with his migrant parents and then soared over the same fields as an astronaut aboard the International Space Station announced plans Tuesday to run for Congress in the state’s newly formed 10th District. Jose … Continue reading

Rick Perry’s Opposition To Pesticide Regulations Helped Launch His Political Star

From HuffingtonPost.com, Dave Jamieson, 10 Oct 2011. Jason Cherkis contributed reporting to this story. WASHINGTON — More than two decades ago, there was a bitter fight within Texas’ agricultural community, one that pitted low-wage farm workers and their advocates against large growers and chemical companies. The dispute was over how much field workers should know … Continue reading

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy At A Hearing On “America’s Agricultural Labor Crisis: Enacting A Practical Solution”

From Leahy.Senate.gov, 5 Oct 2011. I thank Senator Schumer for holding this important hearing. I am pleased that the subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security will focus on the needs of America’s farmers and the important role that foreign workers play on our Nation’s farms. For many years, American farmers have been urging Congress … Continue reading

Dems Blast Push for E-Verify Program

From FresnoBee.com, Michael Doyle, Bee Washington Bureau, 4 Oct 2011. Bill requires workers to prove work eligibility. WASHINGTON – Advocates for farmers and farmworkers warned federal lawmakers Tuesday against a mandatory employee-verification program, underscoring the high hurdles ahead. While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives pursues the E-Verify program, the Democratic-controlled Senate is leery. A hearing … Continue reading

Ganging Up On Guest Workers

From LATimes.com, Editorial, 23 Sept 2011. Two bills in Congress would gut the H-2A visa program, replacing it with one more open to abuses. Getting consensus on immigration issues is hard. But few would dispute that the existing system is broken. Its failure can be seen most clearly on farms: An estimated 70% of all … Continue reading

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