Civic Participation

Our Policy and Civic Engagement department is committed to maintaining collective efforts to uplift our communities. Our department firmly believes that all people have something to contribute to our movement and we would love you to be a part of it!

Our organizing efforts at a local, state, national and international level empower our communities into action on a variety of issues affecting our constituencies.

Please call our offices at 1-877-881-8281 to let us know that you are ready to get involved.

We look forward to your call!

Together, we can move mountains! Si Se Puede! 

 


Current Policy & Legislation: 


DREAM ACT: 

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Hi, my name is ______ and I would like to tell Representative David Valadao that is great that he signed on as a co-sponsor for the DREAM Act but that is not enough. He still needs to pledge to sign on to the Discharge Petition to allow a vote on the DREAM Act. Will representative David Valadao pledge to sign the Discharge Petition when it becomes available?

 


 AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROGRAM ACT OF 2017

Key Components Agricultural Worker (“Blue Card”) Status: The bill provides a one-time opportunity for experienced agricultural workers to apply for legal status if they show consistent employment in U.S. agriculture over the past two years, pay a fine, and aren’t ineligible due to criminal history.

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE BLUE CARD IS LIMITED TO WORKERS WHO CAN PROVE EMPLOYMENT IN U.S. AGRICULTURE FOR AT LEAST 100 WORK DAYS OVER THE LAST 2 YEARS.

ALLOWS FOR SUBSEQUENT ADJUSTMENT TO PERMANENT RESIDENCY (“GREEN CARD”) FOR AGRICULTURAL WORKERS WHO CONTINUE IN AGRICULTURAL WORK.

IN ORDER TO ADJUST TO PERMANENT RESIDENCY, WORKERS MUST PROVE EMPLOYMENT IN U.S. AGRICULTURE FOR AT LEAST 100 DAYS PER YEAR OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS OR 150 DAYS PER YEAR FOR THE NEXT 3 YEARS.

THE AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROGRAM ACT OF 2017 PROTECTS EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE HIRED BLUE CARD ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS FROM CIVIL PENALTIES.

THE AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROGRAM ACT OF 2017 DOES NOT AMEND THE H-2A VISA PROGRAM AND NECESSARY REFORMS ARE STILL NEEDED TO THAT PROGRAM.

THE AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROGRAM ACT OF 2017 IS MODELED ALMOST ENTIRELY FROM THE AGREEMENTS STRUCK IN THE COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM (CIR) PACKAGE IN 2013 WHICH EARNED 68 VOTES WHEN IT PASSED THE SENATE IN 2013.