Farmworker Justice AgJOBS Action Alert

September 14, 2007

 

We have an opportunity to pass the AgJOBS farmworker immigration bill (the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act, S. 340/H.R. 371).   It is critical that your Senators and Representative hear from you about the importance of AgJOBS. 

 

AgJOBS is urgently needed.  The majority of farmworkers in America are undocumented and live in the shadows.  Their plight is exacerbated by Bush administration plans to increase immigration enforcement efforts.  Enforcement will drive undocumented workers further underground, leaving workers even more vulnerable to exploitation and further destabilizing the farm labor force.  These actions do not solve the real problem.  The solution is the AgJOBS compromise that was negotiated by a bipartisan group of members of Congress and the United Farm Workers and agricultural employers.  AgJOBS would provide America with a stable farm labor force and would help ensure that farmworkers are treated fairly. 

 

Farmworker Justice is working with a coalition of farmworker organizations, led by the United Farm Workers, to bring farmworkers to the nationís capital in early October to demonstrate the urgency of their situation and the need for AgJOBS. 

 

What Can You Do to Support AgJOBS?

 

  • Contact your Senators and Representative by phone or fax.  Your efforts make a difference.  Please say that you are calling to request immediate and strong support for the AgJOBS bill (S.340 in the Senate and H.R. 371 in the House of Representatives) because it would provide American agricultural employers with a stable work force and would help improve conditions for farmworkers.  You may call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your members.  You may also find local telephone numbers and fax numbers at www.house.gov and http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.  

 

  • Sign on to the attached letter, being circulated by the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and several other groups, which asks members of Congress to pass AgJOBS and the DREAM Act and to oppose punitive enforcement measures.  To sign on to this letter, please send the full name of your organization, exactly as you would like it listed, to Jeff Hauser at the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (jhauser@cirnow.org) by 1pm EST Tuesday, September 18, 2007.

 

  • Make a tax-deductible donation to Farmworker Justice.  With your support, we can continue to provide the high-quality monitoring, analysis, advocacy, litigation, media work, and training on AgJOBS and other immigration and labor rights that farmworker groups and their supporters demand from us.  Farmworkers and their organizations canít afford to pay for our services.  We depend on your support.  Please donate with a credit card online at www.farmworkerjustice.org.  For Federal employees, our Combined Federal Campaign number is 10778.  Farmworker Justice is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

 

Please take action now to help farmworkers.  We appreciate your support.

 

Please visit our webpage at http://www.fwjustice.org/Immigration_Labor/AgJOBS.htm to learn more about AgJOBS.

 

 

Adrienne DerVartanian

Staff Attorney/Policy Analyst

Farmworker Justice
1126 16th St., N.W., Suite 270
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 293-5420 
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