UFW President Joins Stephen Colbert in Calling on Jobless Citizens to Replace Immigrant Farm Workers

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United Farm Workers (UFW)
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UFW President Joins Stephen Colbert in Calling on Jobless Citizens to Replace Immigrant Farm Workers

Urging Congress to fix a broken immigration system with immigration reform

KEENE, Calif. - United Farm Workers President
Arturo S. Rodriguez appears with comedian Stephen Colbert on "The
Colbert Report" on Comedy Central at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8 as part
of the national "Take Our Jobs" campaign aimed at recruiting U.S.
citizens and legal residents to fill jobs that frequently go to
undocumented farm workers and to urge enactment of immigration reform.

The UFW has launched the
national "Take Our Jobs" campaign that invites U.S. citizens and legal
residents to replace tens of thousands of immigrant field laborers, most
of whom are undocumented.

Rodriguez
and Colbert will address growing anti-immigrant sentiment and encourage
Americans to apply for jobs that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
calls one of the top 10 most dangerous in the nation. The appearance is
part of the national campaign to generate public interest in the Take
Our Jobs effort.

Organizers
of the campaign plan to take it to Congress in hopes of getting much
needed immigration reform passed. The drive spotlights the issue of
immigrant laborers who are the backbone of the country's agricultural
economy. Without reform, domestic agriculture could be crippled, leading
to more jobs moving off shore.

The farm
worker population of the United States is overwhelmingly immigrant, with
about 85 percent of workers born outside of the United States. Today,
the vast majority of farm workers are unauthorized, according to
government statistics.

The UFW has negotiated
the AgJobs bill with the agricultural industry that would give
undocumented farm workers presently here the right to earn legal status
by continuing to work in agriculture. Senators Diane Feinstein (D-Ca.)
and Richard Lugar (R-In.) are the principal co-authors in the Senate and
U.S. Reps. Adam Putnam (R-Fa.) and Howard Berman (D-Ca.) are chief
sponsors in the House.

"The Colbert Report"
will air at 11:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times on the Comedy Central
cable network.

Visit the campaign website at: www.takeourjobs.org

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