Si se puede! Farm workers vs. Bush
July 12 , 2004
Farm worker unions and the Bush administration are heading rapidly towards confrontation over immigration. After three years of arm-twisting, unions like the United Farm Workers, Oregon's Union de Pineros and the Ohio-based Farm Labor Organizing Committee finally have a bill in Congress that would legalize half a million agricultural workers living without visas in the United States. But the administration, despite a proclaimed interest in Latino votes, killed its own bill restricting class action lawsuits when the farm worker legalization proposal was attached to it.
In the compromise bill negotiated between growers and unions, called the AgJOBS bill, unions even agreed to expansion of already-existing guest worker programs, widely condemned for the extensive violations of the rights of immigrants imported as temporary workers, in order to get a legalization program. But they faced the administration's only-only proposal, and Bush's declaration that he will not sign any bill granting legal status to any of the country's 12 million undocumented residents.