Oxnard, Calif.— United Farm Workers President Teresa Romero joins farm workers marching Sunday in Oxnard to support a bill creating “Blue Cards” that would let immigrant farm workers permanently remain in the United States by continuing to work in agriculture. The march, one of three in California’s major agricultural regions, also honors Cesar Chavez’s upcoming March 31 birthday and comes weeks after introduction of the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2019 by U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
“The bill offers America’s farm workers and their families—including many U.S. citizen children—relief from the palpable fear that paralyzes local communities and threatens stability in the agricultural industry,” Romero says. “Farm workers are afraid to leave their homes when they drive to work every morning. Their skill and hard work in feeding America and all of us has earned them the right to apply to legally remain in this country and work without peril.”
The UFW and UFW Foundation are jointly sponsoring the Feinstein-Lofgren measure as well as the event in Oxnard.
Who: Ventura County farm workers, UFW President Teresa Romero, and supporters.
What: First of three marches in the state’s key farming regions supporting a bill offering “Blue Cards” to let undocumented farm workers keep working in agriculture.
When: March starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019.
Where: Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School, 200 No. Juanita Ave., Oxnard 93030.