United Farm Workers


E-mail your U.S. Congressmembers in support of new immigration bill for farm workers

It is critical that we find a solution to the immigration problem in agriculture. Our nation’s food supply relies on the hard working men and women who labor to put food on our tables.
The first steps towards a solution began last month. On May 3rd Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA-D) introduced the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017 (AWPA) alongside 4 original co-sponsors. On May 25 Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez introduced this bill into Congress with 30 original co-sponsors. This bill is critically important in the current atmosphere of Trump’s America.

According to a Department of Labor Report, at least half of all farm workers in the US are undocumented. Many have been here for more than 15 years and have children who are citizens. And these hard working people who are a vital part of our economy are scared. The threat of deportations has caused disruptions to agricultural production.

The AWPA of 2017 takes care of a real need in the farm worker community. It will protect farm workers from deportation and put them on a pathway to legalization and citizenship -- if they show consistent employment in US agriculture and meet other criteria. 

This bill sends a clear signal that there are leaders in Congress ready to work constructively on immigration. The AWPA would help ensure a stable, legal workforce in agriculture to the benefit of farm workers, employers, and consumers.

Please join this important effort to protect those who put food on our tables. E-mail your US Senators and Congressional Representative today and ask them to support the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017.

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