Nationwide participatory art project uplifting Dreamers comes to Bakersfield to underscore urgency of passing a clean Dream Act

UFW Foundation, immigration advocacy groups, local DREAMers participate in a pop-up press conference organized by the Emerson Collective to urge Rep. Valadao to pass Dream Act before the end of the year.


With repeal of DACA in September, tens of thousands  are already starting to lose their status & risk deportation. Hundreds of thousands more will face same risks early next year unless Congress acts now.


Inside Out/Dreamers will travel to Bakersfield as part of a nationwide participatory art initiative, the Inside Out Project, launched by award-winning artist JR, to create a portrait of America that includes immigrants and their descendants. During this stop, Inside Out/Dreamers will bring a photo-booth truck to the community so people can have their photos taken and use art as an expression of standing in solidarity with Dreamers. Afterwards, participants will caravan to Republican U.S. Rep. David Valadao’s district office for a human billboarding action using their self-portraits.


In the face of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA, the Inside Out/Dreamers project will provide communities and local leaders with a unique platform to amplify their voices.


At Frameworks (1020 18th St.) at 10:30 a.m. on November 9, this pop-up news conference will kick off the Dream Act National Day of Action, showcase the art, bring people together, and urge Valadao to act on the Dream Act. Spokespersons will highlight, among other issues, how removing nearly 20,000 DACA and DACA-eligible individuals who currently reside in California’s 21st Congressional District would result in a $404.7 million estimated GDP loss for the district.


More information is below:


WHO: Leaders from the following organizations will participate:

  • UFW Foundation
  • Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Faith in Kern
  • Youth2Leaders
  • Mi Familia Vota
  • CHIRLA- Central Valley

WHAT: Dream Act National Day of Action “Inside Out” news conference

WHERE: Frameworks, 1020 18th St. (adjacent to parking lot), Bakersfield, 93301

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

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Local DACA recipients, community members respond to Trump’s ‘heartless and immoral’ action rescinding DACA

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Local DACA recipients, community members respond to

Trump’s ‘heartless and immoral’ action rescinding DACA

Responding today to President Trump’s “heartless and immoral” announcement of him rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be local DACA recipients, UFW Foundation, community members and their allies in Bakersfield, Fresno and Salinas.

UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez said in a statement, “Overturning DACA will needlessly break up the lives of 800,000 brave young adults who are working or going to school—and contributing to America. Many are farm workers who feed this nation or their sons and daughters. They are also doctors, lawyers, researchers, students—all of them supporting America. This is the only home most of them have known. Those who once shared their personal information with the government will now find themselves easy targets. Taking DACA away from them so Donald Trump can try to deport them is heartless and immoral.”

Bakersfield: 10:30 a.m., UFW Foundation: 238 18th Street, Suite 10, Bakersfield, CA 93301

What: Press event in response to Trump’s DACA Announcement, followed by rallies at Congressman Valadao’s and Kevin McCarthy’s district offices.

Who: United Farm Workers Foundation, UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Faith in the Valley, CHIRLA, Youth 2 Leaders, Radio Campesina and community members

Salinas: 11 a.m., UFW Foundation: 427 Pajaro St., Suite 3, Salinas, CA 93901

What: Press event in response to Trump’s DACA Announcement

Who: United Farm Workers Foundation, UFW, Radio Campesina and community members

Fresno: 11 a.m., Robert E. Coyle Federal Building: 2500 Tulare St., Fresno, CA 93721

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UFW: Trump rescinding DACA is ’heartless and immoral

United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement from the union’s Keene, Calif. headquarters after President Trump rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


President Trump has left 800,000 lives in limbo by rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We condemn this appalling and counterproductive action. Donald Trump is scapegoating immigrants who were already vetted by the federal government and who are not a threat to our country. Trump taking DACA away from Dreamers so that he can try to deport them is heartless and immoral.

Many Dreamers are farm workers who feed this nation or their sons and daughters. They are also doctors, lawyers, researchers, students—all of them supporting America. This is the only home most of them have known.

Although this decision is a hard blow to the beliefs and values we share as a country, we will continue standing up for and protecting immigrant families. This fight is far from over. As Cesar Chavez said, “We only lose when we stop fighting.” We encourage members of our community to attend one of the UFW Foundation’s information sessions that will take place across California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington state. La Union Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), a sister organization within the farm worker movement, is sponsoring similar events in Texas. All events are listed on

The UFW Foundation will continue helping families become citizens, register voters and invite everyone regardless of immigration status to participate in civic affairs. The UFW Foundation will be hosting a mega naturalization workshop on Sept. 9 in Bakersfield. We will continue organizing and growing this movement.

We also urge all elected officials and the community at large to rally behind the Dream Act, which provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth, and the “Blue Card” bill (Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017), which creates a pathway to citizenship for millions of farm worker families in this country.

Health & Farmworker Advocates Respond to California Chlorpyrifos Announcement

Earlier today, California officials at the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced steps to address the threat of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos.
Mark Weller, Co-director of Californians for Pesticide Reform, and Erik Nicholson, Vice-President of United Farm Workers, issued the following statement:
“California’s proposed action fails to protect the most vulnerable populations: young children, pregnant women and farmworkers. Their revised risk assessment, just released and available for public comment until October 2, fails to consider the well-documented brain-harming effects of this pesticide. Any mitigations that result from such a flawed risk assessment will undoubtedly fall far short.
DPR must recognize that the science of the neurotoxic effects of this pesticide is well-established and beyond any doubt, and come up with a swift timetable for removing chlorpyrifos from California’s fields as quickly as possible.
California’s agricultural communities were betrayed by the U.S. EPA in March when they reversed a proposed ban. California can and must do better.”

UFW: Trump’s pardon of Arpaio is ‘shameful’

United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement from the union’s Keene, Calif. headquarters after President Donald J. Trump pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
“We are extremely disappointed with President Trump. He has consistently shown no respect for the hardworking immigrants of this nation. His pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is shameful. Time and again, immigrants have demonstrated that they are the backbone of agriculture and many other industries. The President should not be pardoning someone who has been so vicious towards immigrants and who has openly flouted a federal judge’s order to stop his racial discrimination.”

UFW cites ‘bittersweet victory’ in preserving DACA; DAPA immigrants still at risk

United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement for the UFW and UFW Foundation following Thursday’s memo released by the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents). The DHS memo said DACA, enacted in 2012, will remain in effect.  Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security terminated DAPA, an executive action announced by President Obama in 2014 protecting from deportation the parents of American and lawful permanent resident children. DAPA was never implemented because it was stalled in the courts.


People who are eligible under DACA 2012 will remain unaffected. Those who meet the requirements “will continue to be eligible,” according to the DHS memo, and will be able to renew their eligibility every two years. The DHS memo noted that, “no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.”


We have preserved DACA because of the strength of the Dreamer movement and the unified support of Dreamers by our immigrant community. We will continue to win victories for more people when we remain united and keep broadening our immigrant rights efforts.


However, this victory is bittersweet.  Immigrants, including DACA recipients, remain threatened by the fear of deportation given the increased number of ICE raids and its presence in their communities. 


The farm worker movement will remain vigilant over DHS policies and will continue fighting to protect the rights of immigrant communities. The UFW Foundation will continue to offer Know Your Rights information sessions and assist those who are eligible for DACA 2012. For more information visit or call toll free 877-881-8281. 

A tie in the Supreme Court maintains Immigration Executive Actions Blocked

After a long wait and struggle supporting the DACA expanded programs and DAPA, today, the Supreme Court resulted in a tie. While today's split decision does not set any precedent for the Supreme Court. We know that DAPA and DACA are programs that benefit the United States and are legal, constitutional, and congruent with actions taken by presidents of both parties. The Supreme Court had the opportunity to provide clarity and direction for the nation. Instead, it has failed to provide this service for the American people. Our communities will continue to suffer as a result.


Although the draw is disappointing, we will explore all the legal options at our disposal. This battle is not over. We will not stop until every member of our community can live with dignity and without fear of being separated from their families.


We will do all we can to get this case back to the Supreme Court and we hope to have full set of judges who can make a clear decision. Unfortunately, we know this will not be a quick process and many families will suffer unnecessarily.


Although the erroneous result today is very disappointing, the DACA that was announced in 2012 is not affected as it was not in question in this case. DACA (2012) is still in place!

For more information, contact the UFW Foundation at 877-881-8281. It is important to know that there were never any applications for DAPA or DACA expanded. We invite the community to join us tonight at 6:00 pm for a community call with the farm movement to discuss today's decision and give it direction at regional offices.

The UFW and UFW Foundation joined the amicus brief in the case of Texas v The United States in Supreme Court

The UFW Foundation and UFW joined the amicus brief on the Texas v The United States Supreme Court case which will determine the future of President Obama’s immigration executive programs.

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, March 8, the UFW Foundation and the UFW joined a diverse coalition of 326 immigration, civil rights, labor and social service groups in the presentation of an amicus brief before the Supreme Court of the United States. This was an effort to lift the executive immigration actions announced by President Obama in November 2014.


"The UFW and UFW Foundation have joined our brothers and sisters in the immigration movement to ask the US Supreme Court to allow the implementation of the executive action immigration orders President Obama announced in 2014," said President of UFW Arturo S. Rodríguez. "This mandate would give limited legal status to about five million undocumented persons who arrived in the United States as children or who have children who are US citizens or permanent residents."


The expansion of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program and the new deferred action for parents of Americans and permanent legal residents (DAPA) were stopped by a federal court in Texas and by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The lawsuit against the president's executive actions was filed by 26 states. At the end of last year (2015), the federal government appealed the case to the United States Supreme Court.


The UFW Foundation and UFW alongside other organizations such as the National Immigration Law Center, the Immigration Council in the United States, the International Union of Service Employees, the Advance Project, Latino Justice PRLDEF, the Leadership Conference on Civil and human rights joined the 320 organizations were part of the amicus brief. In the brief, the groups described how immigrant families and communities would benefit from the initiatives. Examples of parents and individuals were presented as to remind the  court of the great achievements and contributions that this country will have if DACA expanded and DAPA were to take effect.


To view the full legal report please visit: The full legal report is available at -2016-03-08.pdf.


The UFW Foundation has free information sessions on DAPA and expanded DACA. For more information call (877) 881-8281.


The Road and the Future of DACA + / DAPA in the Courts



On February 16, 2015, the executive actions announced by President Obama were temporarily blocked by a federal court in the Southern District of Texas. Since then, thousands of families remain in the shadows as the courts continue the arguments about the constitutionality of DACA + and DAPA in the case of Texas et al v The United States et al. We know that President Obama's actions are legal under the US Constitution and urge millions of immigrant families to have the opportunity to apply for relief from deportation and have a temporary work permit.




Following unfavorable ruling in Texas, the Department of Justice appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Our farm worker movement had delegates who traveled to meet with activists from all over the country in New Orleans. Although the appeal process took many months, the Fifth Circuit Court also ruled against President Obama's executive actions on November 9, 2015. This ruling was expected since this same court also ruled against a "request for Emergency" which would have allowed the programs to be implemented as arguments continued in court. Subsequently, the Justice Department announced that it would take its appeal against to the United State Supreme Court on November 10, 2015.




On November 10, 2015, the Justice Department formally asked the United States Supreme Court to review the decision of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. It is no surprise that on December 4, multitudes of organizations, including the UFW Foundation and the UFW, came together to support the Executive Actions by adding their name to an "Amicus Brief" pledging their support for the immigration executive actions. Texas, hoping these programs will never come into effect, asked the Supreme Court for a 30-day extension to file its opposition case. Typically extensions are granted, but the United States Supreme Court allowed only 8 days. If the 30 days extension had been granted, it was quite possible that the case would not have heard in the coming term. The Justice Department believes that their appeal will be considered on January 15 but they also know that judges typically do not decide on the first conference. It is likely that there will be another additional date to decide whether or not to take the case.




The months of January and February will reveal whether or not the Supreme Court of the United States decided to take on the case. Legal briefs will then be submitted on the case between February and April 2016. The Justice Department has said it plans to request a date as soon as possible to have the arguments in April. By the end of June 2016, we could have a victory by the highest court in the United States.

The federal government, immigrant advocates as well as all of the farm worker movement remain positive. The entire community is asked to continue to be informed and to continue to prepare their documents, savings, etc. to apply under these initiatives. Si Se Puede!