|Migrant farm workers protest immigration raids. Photo: David Bacon|
We Can Change an Unjust Immigration Policy
Testimony given by David Bacon at the People's Tribunal at the West County Detention Center in Richmond, CA
By David Bacon, 48 HillsJune 4, 2018
We've heard the living experiences of people who have had no alternative to leaving home to escape violence, war and poverty, who now find themselves imprisoned in the detention center in front of us. And we have to ask, who is responsible? Where did the violence and poverty come from, that forced people to leave home, to cross our border with Mexico, and then to be picked up and incarcerated here?
Overwhelmingly, it has come from the actions of the government of this country, and the wealthy elites that it has defended.[…]
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Growing Pains: Guest farm workers face exploitation, dangerous conditions
By David Bacon
Capital and Main, June 6, 2018
The American Prospect, June 8, 2018
Many migrant workers in California on H-2A temporary agricultural visas are forced to contend with unsafe working conditions, wage theft and other labor law violations. The H-2A temporary agricultural program allows employers to bring workers from other countries, mainly Mexico, for temporary farm labor in the U.S. The workers are given visas that allow them to work in the U.S. but tie them to the employer that recruits them. Part 2 of this story documents migrant workers housed like sardines, and the use of immigration enforcement to expand the H-2A visa program
Tomato grower Harry Singh had an idea for speeding up the harvest in the fields he rents at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base near San Diego. His foreman told Serafín Rincón, 61, to pick beside two imported contract workers in their 20s. In the summer heat, Rincón was told to run. He could hardly keep up.
Rincón had come to work with his friends Santiago Bautista and Rufino Zafra They were all longtime farm workers in the area. Bautista had been working in San Diego since 2003, and Zafra since 1975. All day they had to listen to gritos(shouting) and insults from their boss Celerino when they fell behind. "Stupid donkey, you're old now," he shouted at them. "You can't make it anymore!"[…]
Read the full article:https://davidbaconrealitycheck.blogspot.com/2018/06/growing-pains-part-one.html