Pathway to Legalization
By John-Michael Torres, March 22, 2021
Image: Farmworker Maria in grey hoodie stands with onion stalks in one hand and knife in the other in a field full of cut onion stalks and large green containers.

When LUPE member Maria got sick with COVID-19, she couldn’t work harvesting watermelons, cucumbers or onions. Her husband didn’t catch the virus but was asked to stay away from the fields as well.

During her month-and-a-half-long sickness, Maria and her husband were out of income to provide for their family of four.

Farmworkers feed the nation. But, like Maria and her husband, roughly half of them are undocumented. That means they are excluded from safety net programs like unemployment and COVID-19 relief.

Join LUPE members on March 27th for a caravan and drive-by rally in support of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the legalization of all 11 million undocumented Americans.

The government may have abandoned Maria and her husband, but their community did not. Maria’s church provided her with doctor visits and oxygen tanks. Neighbors cooked and delivered meals almost daily. And LUPE provided them with a rapid relief donation.

I know LUPE supporters like you will not abandon them either. Now is the time to fight for a path to legalization for Maria and all of our undocumented family and neighbors.

Farmworker with red cap and heavy work jacket poses in front of field furrows holding up a LUPE membership card in one hand and a bag of PPE in the other

In a historic vote, two bills providing a path to Citizenship passed the House yesterday: The Farm Workforce Modernization Act and Dream and Promise Act.

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act would put farmworkers and their immediate family members on a pathway to citizenship and protection from the constant threat of detention and deportation. This bill would empower farmworkers to enforce their rights and transform their lives.

LUPE members honor Cesar Chavez’s birthday each year with our annual march. This year, we will instead organize a caravan and drive-by rally. As one of the founders of LUPE, Cesar Chavez continues to inspire our work and commitment to farmworkers like Maria and her family.

Join LUPE and the UFW as we push Congress to pass the Farm Workforce Modernization Act with our Cesar Chavez March Caravan.

areal view of arena parking lot with LUPE members standing spaced apart with masks and fists in the air. Text on screen says "Cesar Chavez Annual Caravan, happening Saturday 3/27 from San Juan to Edinburg. Join us."

John-Michael Torres is Communications Coordinator for La Unión del Pueblo Entero. More posts

Driver sits behind the wheel smiling and holding up a red and black United Farm Worker flag emblazoned with a black aztec eagle on a red field.

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