The robust agricultural sector in Arizona’s Third Congressional District is an economic driver for our state. Nationally, District Three is a top competitor in fruit and vegetable production. Yuma County’s mild winters allow for a high production of leafy vegetables making this region the “winter lettuce capital of the world.” District Three's location tucked in the Sonoran Desert has made farmers and ranchers adapt to the arid climate and conserve as much water as possible, making our region one of the best in water management in the country.
Unfortunately, District Three along with many other agricultural communities across the United States have faced labor shortages, not to mention the fact that agricultural workers on average suffer from disparities in working conditions and accessibility to resources.
For far too long, agricultural workers in our country have been treated as second-class citizens. It is shocking that in this day and age, labor laws do not fully protect the rights of one of the most vulnerable populations. I am proud to co-sponsor the CARE Act with Rep. Roybal-Allard which would ensure that standards and protections for child farmworkers are in par with other industries.
In addition, I am a proud co-sponsor of the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017 that would create a program that would allow agricultural workers and their families to apply for legal status if they:
- show consistent employment in U.S. agriculture over the past two years
- pay a fine
- pass a thorough background check
A 3 to 5 year path to citizenship would be provided to those who continue to work in agriculture for the required amount of time.
I will continue supporting bills that benefit everyone working in District Three's prosperous agricultural community.
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WASHINGTON, DC— Today, at the start of National Farmworkers Week (March 25-31) Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva joined U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Representatives Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Alma Adams (D-NC) and announced legislation to ensure the safety and health of workers who are exposed to dangerous heat conditions in the workplace.
WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives voted on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The legislation provides a pathway to citizenship for more than 1 million agricultural workers and their families. Additionally, the bill addresses the future labor needs of the agricultural sector by modernizing the outdated H-2A guestworker program. After the legislation passed, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Grijalva applauded FEMA’s emergency response to the pandemic in Arizona after the department informed him it has coordinated the movement of 130 doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other medical support personnel from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Arizona. According to FEMA, these federal personnel are supporting Arizona and many tribal nations throughout the state and will provide administrative support to state and local vaccination efforts.
WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Grijalva led Reps. Ruben Gallego, Tom O’Halleran, Ann Kirkpatrick, and Greg Stanton in a letter to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey demanding answers on what steps the State is taking to ensure that residents can stay in their homes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eviction moratorium expires at the end of the month. The lawmakers expressed concern that the $1.9 billion Arizona received in CARES Act funds is not being used in an efficient manner to help those facing evictions.
TUCSON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement on President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ historic victory in the 2020 election:
TUCSON— Last night, President Donald Trump declared victory in the 2020 Presidential Election before millions of ballots were counted in key states. In response, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement: