The White House has honored farmworker and activist Rogelio Lona as one of ten leaders being recognized as Champions of Change who, like Cesar Chavez, have dedicated their lives to improving their community and the nation.
Florida tomato pickers and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are currently on a hunger strike to convince one of the largest corporate food clients, Publix to agree to pay an extra penny per pound for each bucket of tomatoes picked.
By and large, it’s meager pay, long work hours and isolated neighborhoods that the working poor must deal with—and not a lack of interest—which make eating healthfully so difficult.
In Alabama and no one knows how many people initially left the state after their immigration law passed, so it's impossible to say how many have returned. But some illegal immigrants are trickling back, unable to find work elsewhere.
NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez spoke to thousands of Latino high school students who are gathering for the 2012 Student Leadership Series, to tell them that anything is possible in their lives.
Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants, widely seen as the toughest in the United States, has cost the state's economy up to $10.8 billion, according to a new study
Call it Latin influence. A growing group of successful Latina entrepreneurs are serving as role models for the next generation of food artisans and farmers with Latin roots.
It's unclear whether farmers in Georgia and Alabama will face a shortage of workers due to tough new laws targeting illegal immigration, but some producers said they have begun changing their plans for planting and harvesting this year's crops.
There has been a national push to get mainstream media to stop using the word "illegal" to describe immigrants. Several newspapers have come on board, such as the Miami Herald, and smaller newspapers. Unfortunately, the Associated Press (AP) is not one of those news entities.
Nearly 60 farmworkers from a rural Washington state community just outside of Seattle said they were stranded with no way to get home last week after refusing to work for less than minimum wage.
According to recent data compiled by the Pew Hispanic Center, the number of Latinos aged 18-24 attending college in the United States increased by an incredible 24 percent over a one-year period, from 2009 to 2010. That increase represents a spike of nearly 350,000 students and brings the total number of college-aged Latinos enrolled to 1.8 million nationwide.
Stephen Colbert would really like to solve the country's immigration problem, if only to ensure a steady supply of tomatoes for his BLTs. As he lamented on last night's "Colbert Report," "Our country’s tomato industry is plum screwed."
Farmers in states like Alabama that have passed strong anti-illegal immigration laws are fighting back, saying they are losing labor and that US workers are unwilling to take up farm work.
Whatever you think about the immigration policy in the United States, there is clearly the law and then there is reality. The question is: Can the U.S. economy really function without undocumented workers?