Thousands of immigrant rights leaders, labor unions, faith organizations, student groups, elected officials, friends and allies from all over California will travel in car and bus caravans to Bakersfield, CA, to urge House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) to support and press for a vote on immigration reform with a path to citizenship. 490 farm workers from Stockton, Fresno, Madera, Portersville, Santa Rosa, Napa, Oxnard, Salinas, Greenfield and Watsonville want to join in this Wednesday event for an issue that is so vital to their well-being. Go to UFW.org to assist.
Congressman McCarthyThis event, “The Path to Citizenship Goes through Bakersfield,” is one of hundreds of actions and activities across the nation escalating the stakes for reform during the congressional August recess. The 1,100 car-caravan highlights the urgency for immigration reform in the immigrant, Latino, and Asian communities who have marched, mobilized, and voted in support of an overhaul for years. The message to lawmakers is that reform with a path to citizenship is the answer our community seeks and it won't take no for an answer. Rep. McCarthy is the House Majority Whip and a top Republican leader in Congress. His leadership within the House gives him the ability to influence other Congressmembers. His Bakersfield district represents one of the largest agricultural areas in the nation.
Citrus worker Francisco Torrez is a US citizen and has been under a UFW contract for more than 30 years. He tells us, "I support immigration reform. It's important to stop the abuses in the fields and protect farm workers. This is why I’m going to travel in the bus that is going from Porterville to participate in the August 14 rally in Bakersfield to ask Kevin McCarthy to support immigration reform."