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Immigration Reform: Implications for Farmers, Farm Workers, and Communities - May 2009
At least 50 percent of US farm workers are unauthorized. Immigration reform may provide a path to legal status for some currently unauthorized farm workers and make it easier for farm employers to employ legal guest workers under a revised H-2A temporary worker program.
The purpose of the meeting is to learn about how the recession is affecting migration patterns, assess the immigration reforms being considered, hear from employer and worker advocates about the impacts of immigrants on agriculture and communities, and discuss ongoing research on these issues. Presentations are posted at: (//migration.ucdavis.edu/cf/index.php).
The conference is organized with the support of the Farm, Giannini, and Northwest Area Foundations, the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, the Southern Rural Development Center, the Julian Samora Research Institute, and the UC EU Center of Excellence and the Gifford Center for Population Studies.
For further information contact Philip Martin
Thursday, May 21, 2009
7:45am Breakfast available in conference room on the ground floor
8:30am A Plan for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Ray Marshall, Uni-Texas
9am Immigration Patterns and Rural America, Chair, Philip Martin, UCD
10:45 The Outlook for Immigration Reform, Chair, Susan Martin, ISIM
1:00 Industry and Worker Perspectives on Immigration Reform
3:00 Research Perspectives on Immigration, Agriculture, and Communities, Chair, Neil Conklin, Farm Foundation
4:30 Seasonal Farm Worker Programs in Other Countries
7:15 Dinner, Logan Tavern, 1423 P St. NW
Friday, May 22, 2009
7:30am Breakfast available in conference room on the ground floor
8:30 Farm Labor: Commodities and Areas, Chair, Philip Martin, UCD
11 Farm Labor: Commodities and Areas II
12:15 Immigrants and Communities, Chair, Cornelia Flora, Iowa State University
2:15 Mexico-US Developments, Chair, Rubén Martinez, Michigan State