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If The Undocumented Continue To Work In These Conditions, It Could Create A Security Threat To The U.S.’s Food Supply

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It turns out that if farm workers are treated poorly, it could create a security threat for the nation’s food supply, Newsweek reports. Roughly 75 percent of the nation’s farm workers are undocumented, and many of them are vulnerable to the poor conditions in which they work because they lack access to health care and employee protections.

“Injuries, poor air quality, contact with animal waste, exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and exposure to novel strains of the flu virus viruses,” could cause many workers to miss days of work, according to a recent Johns Hopkins report.

As Newsweek reports, in 2010 U.S. farms lost over $300 million in revenue because of a farm worker shortage.


These kinds of shortages in the workforce could raise the price of certain goods, like milk, by nearly 90 percent. This is just one way U.S. consumers are directly affected by treatment of the undocumented. However, many of these undocumented workers do not report their working conditions or exploitative wages because they are afraid of retaliation from employers – or worse under the current administration.

Newsweek reports that improving the working conditions for undocumented workers is a necessary step to ensuring the safety of the United States’ food supply, which could collapse otherwise.


Check out the link to the Newsweek article below for the whole story.

[H/T] Newsweek: U.S. FOOD SUPPLY NOT SAFE WITHOUT IMMIGRATION REFORM, REPORT FINDS

READ: Undocumented Victims Could Be Targeted At Courthouses By Immigration Agents

Undocumented Facing Deportation In New York State Just Received A Major Victory

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Undocumented Facing Deportation In New York State Just Received A Major Victory

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As deportations increase, immigrants living in the state of New York will have access to legal aid in efforts to stay in the country. Thanks to the Vera Institute of Justice and New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), immigrants with limited finances will now have access to an attorney in all immigration hearings. This makes New York the first state to provide their undocumented population with lawyers.

“All New Yorkers deserve to have a fair shot in court, and this funding will help thousands of immigrant families receive due process and the chance to remain together,” Oren Root, of Vera, said in a statement.

Immigrants with no attorney have a three percent chance of avoiding deportation, but with an attorney, their odds increase up to 1000 percent, according to Vera.


As CBS reported, New York’s 2017-2018 budget set aside $4 million in funds for the NYIFUP. Since it’s creation in 2013, the NYIFUP has provided counsel for immigrants facing deportation around New York City, but the new budget increase will ensure that indigent immigrants all over the state are now covered.

Supervising Immigration Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services Andrea Saenz told Vera:

With this funding, New York has sent a powerful message and set the standard for the rest of the nation. No person should face detention and deportation alone, without legal advice or counsel through a frightening process in which a person’s family or even her life may be at stake. We congratulate the New York State leaders who have provided a basic level of due process that will keep more New York families together.

To find out more, read the full press release at the Vera Institute of Justice.

[H/T] Vera: New York State Becomes First in the Nation to Provide Lawyers for All Immigrants Detained and Facing Deportation


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