Giving Thanks to the Immigrants Working the Processing Plant Floors

With the Thanksgiving holiday here, I’d like to take a moment to talk about the workers who process and pack the turkeys that so many of us will consume.    When I drive through the state of Iowa and all across … Continued

Think Your Summer was Hot? Try Working in the Agricultural Fields of the US.

Much of this country’s food production depends on foreign laborers who come to this country temporarily. The US contracts with other governments to bring workers here to do the “unwanted, unpleasant jobs” that Americans do want to do. These migrants … Continued

Immigration

Immigrants are Vital to Our Communities

A few months back workers were let go from their jobs at a local processing plant in Iowa due to discrepancies with their immigration status. I started to get calls on a cold Monday in January. Workers were in a … Continued

Shows of Unity Permeate this Year’s National Latino Congreso

My experience this past weekend at the National Latino Congreso in Austin, TX, was truly inspiring, as many of us convened together with Latino leaders and grassroots organizers from across the country to raise and explore issues of education, migration, … Continued

Politics

Food workers struggle for justice with tomato pickers in Immokalee

Earlier this month, I along with a few workers from the Midwest joined hundreds of protesters and Immokalee workers in Tampa, Florida.  This effort to bring more attention to the plight of food workers started in the northeast and made … Continued

Immigration

I-9 Verification, riddled with errors, continues to hurt American workers

In 2005, the US initiated the I-9 verification program for employers. The I-9 Form is used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to verify an employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. Mandatory verification is not good … Continued