Skip to main content

U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) today issued a statement regarding the announcement of a deal on farm worker policies present in the comprehensive immigration reform legislation currently progressing through the U.S. Senate.

“I am pleased that my colleagues in the Senate understand the essential need for any legislation to include a pathway to citizenship for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who are responsible for the food we place on our tables each day,” said Cárdenas. “As legislation moves forward and amendments are offered, I will remain vigilant against any effort to legalize farm worker mistreatment. I will fight, until the final vote, making certain that any legislation ensures these workers, who work in some of the most difficult conditions, are treated with dignity and respect.”

Cárdenas continued, “Throughout the history of this nation, certain groups of people have been used to do the dirtiest jobs, for the lowest pay, in the most dangerous conditions, until the people of this country fully understood the terrible abuse they suffered.  Only then has government stepped in to prohibit abusive policies. I beg of my colleagues: let’s recognize past mistakes and understand that those who labor in the name of our food are just like us. They want to work hard, to support their families and to achieve the American Dream. We must guard against efforts that encourage their exploitation.”

Cárdenas maintains that he will not support any legislation that does not ensure:
•    A pathway to citizenship;
•    Mandated fair wages and hours;
•    Adequate worker protections;
•    Agriculture worker mobility; and
•    A workable system that farmers and growers can use effectively.

Last week Cárdenas, the son of an agriculture worker, welcomed more than 100 workers to the U.S. Capitol, joined by more than a dozen other Congresspeople who support farm worker protection in comprehensive immigration reform.

A story about that meeting can be found at:

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site