The majority of farm workers in the United States are immigrants, and it is estimated that more than half are undocumented immigrants. Undocumented farm workers are highly vulnerable to abuse at the work place. They often fear reporting cases of wage theft, exposure to pesticides, sexual harassment or physical assault.
Unfortunately, the challenges that farm workers face are only exacerbated by a broken immigration system that focuses on criminalizing immigrants rather than addressing the root causes of migration.
YAYA believes that our nation’s immigrants make great contributions to our society and deserve to have a voice in the matters that affect their lives. We believe that immigration policy is an issue of national concern that should be addressed by the federal government and NOT determined at the state level. For this reason, we stand against legislation that undermines federal policy by enacting anti-immigrant laws in individual states. We support fair, comprehensive immigration reform and legislation that will provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented farm workers.
We also believe workers should have the right to live with dignity and without fear. Being in violation of immigration laws is NOT a crime; it is a civil violation. Still, undocumented immigrants are being arrested and placed in detention centers every day; their rights are being violated, families are separated and millions of dollars are spent on detention centers and inefficient catch-all enforcement actions. YAYA opposes the criminalization, detention and deportation of hard working immigrants.
We condemn policies that rip apart families, promote racism and discrimination, waste resources, and criminalize people. This includes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ACCESS programs such as 287g or Secure Communities, which only deal with the issue by lengthening the arm of law enforcement.
Many of the people who pick your food are suffering because of the broken immigration policies of the United States. FARM WORKERS NEED YOUR SUPPORT! We depend on them for the food sovereignty of our nation.
What YAYAs are doing:
YAYA members push for fair immigration reform by:
• Organizing rallies and demonstrations
• Calling and lobbying their legislators
• Signing and collecting petitions
• Collaborating in immigration coalitions
• Raising awareness about immigration issues in our communities through campus events, workshops, presentations, etc.
Take action on immigration reform!
• Sign up for our newsletter and Action Alerts. Contact your representatives, attend events and volunteer when prompted to.
• Contact us to set up a presentation in your community about immigration issues.
• Make a donation to support our work.