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Immigration Reform: Implications for Farmers, Farm Workers, and Communities - May 2011
At least 50 percent of US farm workers are unauthorized. The AgJOBS immigration reform proposal would 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 this conference is to learn about migration patterns and impacts in rural and agricultural areas, assess immigration reform proposals, hear from employer and worker advocates, and discuss ongoing research on these issues. Presentations are posted at //migration.ucdavis.edu/cf/.
The conference is organized with the support of USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, the Farm, Giannini and MacArthur Foundations, JSRI. SRDC, and CRCIG. For further information, please contact Philip Martin.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
8:30am Farm Workers and Immigration Reform, Felicia Esobar, Domestic Policy Council, and Oscar Gonzalez, Office of the Secretary, USDA
10:15 The Outlook for Immigration Reform, Chair, Philip Martin, UC-Davis
1:00 Industry and Worker Perspectives on Immigration and Bargaining, Chair, Neil Conklin, Farm Foundation
3:00 Canada's SAWP and Other Programs, Randall Hansen, University of Toronto
7:15 Dinner, Logan Tavern, 1423 P St. NW
Friday, May 13, 2011
8:30 Migrants and Agriculture: Commodities, Chair, Ruben Martinez, MSU
12:30 Migrants and Communities, Chair, Cornelia Flora, Iowa State University
3pm Trade and Immigration, Chair Philip Martin, UC-Davis