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Farm workers vs. Bush

With the presidential campaign already reaching a fever pitch in the United States, David Bacon brings us up to date on a less-heralded struggle: the battle of farm workers and their allies for legal status in the country where their labour is exploited.
Si se puede! Farm workers vs. Bush

July 12 , 2004

David Bacon

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.

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Bush Airs Spanish Speaking Ads 12.Jul.2004 14:26


from AP

Bush's ad is titled "Havoc," and it singles out two votes Kerry has missed one to cap medical malpractice awards and one to fund the war in Iraq (news - web sites).

The ad points out that Kerry made it back to vote against legislation to expand the legal rights of the unborn by making it a separate crime to harm a fetus during an assault on a pregnant woman.

"If these are John Kerry's priorities, let's hope there is a lot of havoc in his schedule," a narrator says.

The ad includes a clip of Kerry complaining, "This is wreaking havoc with my schedule." However, Kerry was complaining about the length of a television interview, not votes in the Senate, although the ad doesn't explain that.

Nearly two-thirds of Hispanics supported Democrat Al Gore (news - web sites) over Bush in 2000. Still, Bush made inroads with Hispanics in the last election and was rewarded with 35 percent of their vote. Previous Republican presidential nominees failed to break 30 percent among Hispanic voters Bob Dole garnered 21 percent in 1996 and Bush's father got 25 percent in 1992.

Bush fared much poorer among blacks in 2000, losing their vote to Gore 9-to-1. Kerry, trying to repeat Gore's success among blacks, will speak to the NAACP this Thursday and criticized Bush for his decision not to appear before the group.