NFWM applauds President Obama’s commitment towards actualizing Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) and the bi-partisan efforts within the Senate towards the creation of a bill that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
The great majority of farm workers, the people who labor every day to harvest our food, are undocumented. Many farm workers suffer ongoing abuse in the fields because they are threatened with firing or deportation if they complain. Many haven’t been able to cross the border to their countries of origin to see their own families for years. CIR would make it possible for farm workers to reunite with their families; to work, live and to participate in their communities without fear.
We believe that any such bill should also include strong protections for farm workers who enter the country as guest workers (with an H2A Visa) and that these workers should have the option of becoming permanent residents.
Please explore the menu on the right to learn more about immigration and farm workers:
- Take action for CIR and Farm Workers: Learn what you can do to support farm workers and immigrants in the United States
- News: Stay up to date with the latest news related to farm workers and immigration
- Legislation: Learn more about current proposals for immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship for farm workers
- Background on Farm Workers and Immigration: Learn more about the immigration issues faced by farm workers
- Time line of Ag labor: Learn more about the historical relationship between immigrants and agricultural labor in the United States
- Farm Worker Stories: Read the personal stories of farm workers who are affected by immigration issues
- Immigration and Faith: Find out what different religions and denominations are saying about immigrants and immigration reform
- Immigration Resources Page for NFWM / YAYA: Explore this section to find links to movies, articles, fact sheets, and more