Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator Harris'/Feinstein's in ____________, California. I'm calling to thank her for introducing the Agricultural Worker Program Act, and to let her know that I support creating immigration protections and a path to citizenship for farmworkers in California and across the country. Please let the Senator know that her constituents are rooting for her to continue fighting for fair and humane policies toward immigrants, and that we will have her back if she does. Thank you!
California's two Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, filed legislation two weeks ago that would shield farmworkers who lack proper documents from deportation, and would create a path to citizenship for them. Democratic senators filed legislation Wednesday that would shield farmworkers who are in the country illegally from deportation and create a path to citizenship. So far, the bill has been backed by Democratic senators from Colorado, Vermont and Hawaii, but it faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Nine in 10 agriculture workers in California were born in another country, and more than half are undocumented, according to the federal government. The Trump administration's deportation threats have placed profound new stresses on the migrant farmworker population. Yet growers here and in other states are already concerned about worker shortages, and American-born workers continue to show no interest in taking over farm jobs, despite rising wages.
The bill introduced by Feinstein and Harris would allow undocumented farmworkers who have worked in agriculture for at least 100 days in each of the previous two years to earn a “blue card," which would allow them to work legally. Eventually they would become eligible for a green card, establishing legal permanent residency, which opens the door to earning citizenship.