Farm Worker Legalization
The biggest concern facing undocumented farm workers and what makes them so vulnerable to abuse is the lack of legal status. Immigrant farm workers whose skill and hard work feed America have earned the right to apply to legally remain in the United States. America’s farm workers and their families—including many U.S. citizen children— need relief from the palpable fear that paralyzes local communities. Farm workers are afraid to leave their homes when they drive to work every morning. More than one million immigrant farm workers who perform one of the toughest jobs producing our food must be relieved of the fear of deportation and have the opportunity to freely work, travel, rejoin loved ones, and live without uncertainty.
Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, the House of Representatives passed H.R.5038, the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 with a vote of 260-165. This is the first time in decades that the full House, under either party, has enacted an agricultural labor immigration bill. The House vote for bipartisan legislation letting undocumented farm workers and their immediate family members earn legal status is the result of the tenacious leadership farm workers showed after traveling across the country to lobby on Capitol Hill. Whether it is through organizing in congressional districts or walking the halls of Congress, farm workers are a force that deserves recognition during the nine months it took to craft and get the legislation through the House. The legislation has yet to be introduced in the Senate.
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