Immigration and Labor Rights

We’re a nation of immigrants, not ‘guests’ - OpEd by Farmworker Justice in Miami Herald

With the nation’s attention focused on Tampa Bay for the Republican Convention, Mitt Romney’s party has adopted a platform on immigration policy that is increasingly focused on enforcement and “self deportation.” The party also called for a new “guest worker program” to import foreign workers under temporary work visas.

But our country has already relied on marginalized guest workers for too long. It’s a system that is broken and inhumane. Guest worker programs shouldn’t be enlarged, they should be abandoned.

CA Senate Passes Overtime Law for Farmworkers: Urge Governor Brown to Support the Legislation

Farmworker Justice applauds the progress of an overtime protection for farmworkers in California. CA State Senate passed AB 1313 which would give farmworkers the right to overtime pay when they work more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week.Urge Governor Brown to sign this landmark legislation.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Applications Are Now Available

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) today.

House version of the VAWA reauthorization bill is bad for farmworkers

The Adams/Cantor version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill, H.R. 4970, significantly weakens the relief available to victims of domestic violence.  VAWA is important to farmworker women as they suffer high rates of domestic violence.

USDA & Federal Contract Labor Law Compliance

Following the United States Department of Agriculture’s announcement that it would withdraw its final rule requiring companies working with the USDA to certify that its subcontractors are in compliance with labor laws, Bruce Goldstein, President of Farmworker Justice, made the following statement:

“We’re disappointed that the USDA has chosen not to pursue this important final rule. We urge them to move forward with the proposed rule. A rule requiring beneficiaries of federal contracts at USDA to certify labor law compliance should be a no-brainer.

Georgia's Immigration Debacle Continues: Report on Agricultural Workers

The Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, Gary Black, as part of the state’s onerous immigration law, has issued the “Report on Agriculture Labor.” The report is very disappointing because the agricultural laborers – the focus of the report – play no role in the report. Despite lengthy surveys of growers and other agricultural business operators, the Report lacks any input from the seasonal farmworkers who are supposed to be the main subject.

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