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May 27, 2021

Sweeping immigration bills seek to reform dire farm working conditions

Democratic lawmakers unveiled sweeping immigration reform legislation Thursday that could significantly improve the working conditions for farm workers and put them on a long-awaited path to citizenship. Advocates have for years demanded changes from the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security to address workplace violence and employer manipulation that cause shorted wages, missed benefits, sexual violence and other workplace violations among agriculture workers. “We really were pushing for legal protections of essential farm and food system workers who have fallen through the cracks not only of this current immigration system but of previous immigration proposals that have not addressed their needs and concerns. And that there is an expedited plan for citizenship,” said María De Luna, national policy and advocacy coordinator at Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. Read more