BREAKING: House votes in favor of
Farm Workforce Modernization Act
(See also post below)
Si Se Puede. We want you, as our good supporter, to know that the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the Dream and Promise Act just passed the House of Representatives. This is extremely exciting news for the men, women and choldren whose labor have fed America for decades while being forced to live in the shadows.
"The House passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the Dream and Promise Act is a testament that we are on the march to victory to winning legalization for millions of undocumented people. Passing these bills in the first 100 days shows the commitment of the House to support Dreamers, TPS recipients and farm workers," said UFW President Teresa Romero.
"We hail the House passage of legislation that honors the professional farm workers who feed the entire United States and much of the world. Through their hard work, farm workers have earned the right to a stable future in the United States. The first step under the Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a work permit giving workers and their immediate family the freedom to return to join their loved ones in their home countries. Eventually, workers and their families will be able to apply for permanent residence and later for citizenship. This is the result of a tough but thoughtful compromise with bipartisan lawmakers and agricultural employers. The Senate now needs to act with seriousness to pass the Senate counterparts to the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the Dream and Promise Act."
Farm workers are excited. Berry Worker Francisco Naranjo had this to share, "This bill means so much to me. In December 2019, I went to Washington DC to lobby for our bill when the first vote on the floor happened. I was so excited to see it pass then. Unfortunately, the Senate refused to act. We didn’t give up and we continued to fight, now it has passed the House again. It is going to the Senate where the Democrats have a small majority. I am excited that both the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the Dream and Promise Act are in the hands of the Senate and it is so important that we get them passed."
The 2021 agricultural immigration bill was approved on a 247 to 174 vote, including 30 Republicans. It is the result of months of intense negotiations between lawmakers from both parties, the United Farm Workers, UFW Foundation, Farmworker Justice and most of the nation’s major grower associations. To read the full news release, click here.
Earlier today, the White House issued a strongly worded statement backing the farm worker bill. Bill sponsors anticipate a bipartisan group of senators will introduce a Senate version of the measure.
We will be back in touch with you shortly regarding next steps for these vital bills and how you can help get them passed.
Si Se Puede!