Take our farm labor jobs — please

06/23/2010 12:40:21 PM
Tom Karst

Take Our Jobs — please.

That’s the message from the United Farm Workers union, which is turning the tables on Congress after years of inaction on comprehensive immigration reform.

Through the campaign, United Farm Workers plans to push members of Congress to make a plea to constituents across the country: Put illegal immigrants out of work by working in the fields and packinghouses.

The union plans to discuss the campaign in a June 24 teleconference, followed by an appearance on the July 8 “Colbert Show” on Comedy Central.

The announcement comes on the heels a strict anti-immigration law in Arizona, and is a spin on the often-used argument that there’s a need for illegal immigrants in agricultural jobs because legal citizens aren’t willing to do the labor.

The campaign “spotlights the immigrant labor issue and underscores the need for reforms without which the domestic agricultural industry could be crippled,” according to a news release from the United Farm Workers.

The June 24 news conference will feature UFW President Arturo Rodriguez, Rob Williams, director of the Migrant Farmworker Justice Project and Michael Rubio, supervisor for California’s Kern County.

The union said it have sent letters to U.S. lawmakers offering assistance in training citizens and legal residents who wish to replace immigrants in the fields.



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