Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D.-Ill.) Introduces Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D.-Ill.) introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill – Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP). CIR ASAP includes the AgJOBS farmworker immigration legislation, which would provide undocumented farmworkers an opportunity to earn legal status through continued work in agriculture. CIR ASAP has 91 cosponsors and is supported by the Congressional Hispanic , Black , Progressive , and Asian Pacific American Caucuses.

Take action now! Please call the White House and support Congressman Gutierrez’ bill.

For the National Immigration Forum’s summary of the bill, click HERE

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NFWM Staff member reflects on her time supporting the UFW organizing effort in the San Joaquin Valley

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UFW Organizing team and a current worker leader at Giumarra Vineyards

Christy Lafferty, NFWM California staff member, spent 6 weeks in the area of Bakersfield and Delano, CA in the San Joaquin Valley during September and October this year. She worked alongside the UFW organizing team and worker leaders there as they worked on the current campaign at Giumarra Vineyards. After this unique opportunity to directly experience the successes and challenges in organizing farm workers, she wrote this reflection that you can download and read by clicking HERE. Here is an excerpt from Christy’s reflection:

“When you shake a farm worker’s hand, you will feel the results of years of hard physical labor. But you will see in his or her eyes a humility and a gentle strength and ability to still hope for the day when they will receive the respect and just compensation for the work they do to feed their families. And that hope remains most when they join together and grows even stronger when they know that they have allies in the people who buy the fruits and vegetables they pick.”

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