According to a joint statement by the UFW and UFW Foundation, farm workers could be legalized immediately under the US Citizenship Act of 2021 if they "Pass criminal investigations and show that they have worked in the farm for at least 100 days in four of the last five years. “The groups note that the legislation includes overtime wage protection, which is supported by the Sen at the time. Harris in the Fairness for Farmworkers Act, which she introduced in 2018.
"After a Permanent flood of racist and anti-immigrant messages in 2020, for five years under Trump and for decades from other Republican candidates, vast majority of Americans– including many GOP voters – support the granting of legal status to undocumented immigrants who make up more than two thirds of the "essential" frontline workers Helping America Survive COVID-19, Including Farm Workers, ”said UFW and UFW Foundation.
At least half of all farm workers have no legal status, according to Farmworker Justice. The urgency to protect them quickly has increased as the Democrats take control of both Houses of Congress. Among those votes was Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro who said last week undocumented immigrants who have served as key workers in the novel coronavirus pandemic should be put on an accelerated path to citizenship.
"I think these undocumented immigrants who were key workers during this pandemic should be on the fast track to citizenship because I think they deserve it," he told MSNBC American voices with Alicia Menendez. "The government and states have asked them – in fact, in many ways, the Trump administration has forced them to keep working in places like meat packers, even though COVID has been widespread on those things." The priority of farm workers in this planned immigration overhaul is testament not only of their vital role in feeding America, but also of their organization.
Ruben, an 18-year-old farm laborer and student, said in the statement that he received the vote for the Biden campaign in Arizona to protect families like his own. 2020 was also the first time he voted in a presidential election. "My older brother is a DACA receiver," he said. “Why should his options in life be limited? My parents are farm workers. How do we honor their victims? The Latino community worked tirelessly to mobilize for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Our work won't get done until we make sure our families find a fair way forward. "
Vicente, another farm worker and member of the UFW Foundation, said in the statement that “
During the opening hours of the new government, observers discovered that Biden's Oval Office contains a bust of the UFW co-founder César Chavez right behind the Resolute Desk. In terms of politics, the bust is definitely more than just symbolic. "With the election of Joe Biden, this country rejected bigoted acts and rhetoric against immigrants," Romero continued. “Elections have consequences. One consequence is the real relief the Biden Plan will bring to farm workers who have lived in constant terror for years. "