UFW endorsement cites Clinton’s record of consistent support for farm workers & immigration reform
United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement from the union’s Keene, Calif. headquarters:
After elected farm worker leaders from companies under UFW contracts discussed the presidential race for a year, studied the candidates’ words, actions and careers, and recently spent an hour closely interviewing Hillary Clinton on key farm worker issues, the United Farm Workers believes Secretary Clinton is the strong, most respectful leader our country needs now.
Hillary Clinton has consistently stood with farm workers and immigrants, fought on behalf of and voted for comprehensive immigration reform, repeatedly sponsored the UFW-negotiated AgJobs legislation as a senator, supported farm workers in their fights for union contracts and worked to end discrimination against them.
The consistent respect Hillary Clinton has shown farm workers over her career, her willingness to answer tough questions, her commitment and work to end prejudice and her determination in the pursuit of progressive change have earned our support. Hillary Clinton has the strong resolve needed to make change happen. She is the most experienced candidate for president in recent memory. And she is the best equipped to defeat the nativist, hateful forces of the current Republican front-runner.
Leaders elected by UFW members under union contracts Maria de Jesus and Guillermo Garcia of Ventura County (Calif), Liliana Herrera of Sonoma County (Calif.), Efren Fraide and Justo Tovar of Monterey County (Calif.), Agustin Garcia of Fresno County (Calif.), Jose Sanchez of San Joaquin County (Calif.), Efren Ayala of Tulare County (Calif.), Beronica Rivas and Salvador Castillo of Kern County (Calif.), Gerardo Rios of Yakima (Wash.) and Raul Esparza of Hermiston (Ore.) were among those who asked questions of Secretary Clinton and made motions to her for President. They can be made available for comment.
“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC—a strong voice in Congress and across the country for the Latino community.
“I have always been proud to stand with the Latino community not only in fighting for comprehensive immigration reform, but fighting for all families to have the chance to get ahead and stay ahead. As a Senator, I was proud to vote for Ted Kennedy’s immigration reform bill in 2007 and to co-sponsor the DREAM Act in 2003. As President, not only will I protect President Obama’s executive orders and look to go further, but I will fight for comprehensive immigration reform legislation from the moment I take office. While immigration reform is vital for our families, our economy, and our future, it’s not the only issue where the Latino community needs progress. Nearly half of Latinos live in counties that don’t meet EPA air quality standards. Latinos between 25 and 29 are less than half as likely to have a bachelor’s degree as whites. Latinas working full time make just 54 cents for every dollar a white man earns. We need equal pay for women, environmental justice for families, and good schools in every ZIP code for our kids.
“I am proud to stand with the CHC BOLD PAC in all of these fights—because I believe that when families are strong, America is strong.”