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There is currently a crisis going on in U.S. agriculture. U.S. farms are highly dependent upon cheap farm labor, most of which is provided by migrants from Mexico, and Mexican migrant farmers are in need of jobs. However, an extreme shortage of H-2A visas means that most of the farm workers are undocumented. Without documentation, they do not have access to legal protections. And when the majority of the workforce does not have legal protections from abuse and wage theft, the working conditions for all workers - documented or not—goes down.
The Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act (AgJOBS) would address this crisis. The bill represents a major compromise between United Farm Workers and agribusiness companies, with endorsements from Latin@ community leaders, civil rights groups, faith groups, and - most importantly—the farm workers themselves.
The National Farm Worker Ministry details the inhumane state of Farm Worker Conditions
The AgJOBS bill may come up for a vote soon but we need your help to pressure Members of Congress to take it up! Call your senators and urge them to support the AgJOBS bill!
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Last updated on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
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