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Giving Thanks to Our Thanksgiving Workers


Giving Thanks to Our Thanksgiving Workers

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UFW President Arturo Rodriguez Meets with President Obama on Executive Action

President Commits to Working with United Farm Workers to Make Sure All Eligible Farm Workers Get the Deportation Relief they Need and to Keep Working for a Permanent Solution for all Farm Workers

Washington, DC—Today, Arturo Rodriguez, President of United Farm Workers (UFW), met with President Obama to discuss his forthcoming executive action announcement and its impact on farm workers.  Following is a statement from Rodriguez in response to the meeting:

“We were pleased to learn from the President today that at least 250,000 farm workers (and at least 125,000 California farm workers) will be eligible for deportation relief under his executive action. 

“The President committed to working with UFW to do everything possible to make sure that every farm worker who qualifies for the program gets enrolled, and we are prepared to work with him and Congress to finish the job by passing legislation that fully addresses this issue once and for all.”  

Today’s meeting follows a mock Thanksgiving feast in front of the White House, in which farm workers from across the country presented an array of food items harvested and processed by immigrant workers.  See more from today’s event here.

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Rep. Gutierrez Joins Farm Workers behind the Thanksgiving Meal to Hold Holiday Feast in front of White House Farm & Food Processing Workers Deliver Letters Calling for Executive Action

Washington, DC—Today, on the cusp of one of America’s most celebrated holidays, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) alongside immigrant farm, food and commercial workers from across the country gathered in front of the White House to remind Americans of the people behind the Thanksgiving meal, and express their support for President Obama taking the most inclusive executive action possible.  The event shined a special spotlight on members of United Farm Workers and United Food and Commercial Workers who presented an array of Thanksgiving foods harvested and processed by immigrant workers, including a turkey, potatoes, pumpkin, and other foods commonly found on America’s Thanksgiving tables.

Said Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), “The President is going to act boldly, broadly and soon and across the country the bounty and blessings of Thanksgiving will be joyous.  The President’s actions will mean that millions of American families will not fear deportation and destruction and so many people contributing to our economy, including those who pick, pack and move the food to our tables, will be able to continue helping us all live better.”Click for full release