Immigration Forum in Fresno @ Bitwise Industries, Fresno [13 September]

Immigration Forum in Fresno

18:00 - 19:30

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Bitwise Industries
700 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, California 93721
Join us in recognizing Farmer Joe Del Bosque at the beginning of the event for his service to the Valley.

*FREE ADMISSION while supplies last*

Backed by President Trump, Senate Republicans have proposed the RAISE Act to limit LEGAL immigration by cutting in half the number of green cards (from 1M to 500,000) and creating a merit-based point system to give preference to immigrants with higher education, technical skills, and financial assets.

That leaves out most agricultural workers, and so this bill would do substantial damage to the nation’s farms, dairies, and ranches. But it’s not just because of the reduction in the number of green cards or the point system. It’s because this bill is fueled by the assumption that what we need are more high-skilled workers and that we have plenty of low-skilled workers. Visit any farm, and you’ll see: We don’t. It also advances the myth that those who work with their hands — including those who pick our fruits and vegetables — are unskilled. Observe any farm worker, and you’ll see: They aren’t.

Join the co-hosts of «The Latino Paradox» — Ruben Navarrette & Arnold Torres — as they dissect the RAISE Act and explain its ramifications for the people and industries that put food on America’s table.

About Ruben Navarrette: Navarrette is a native of Central California, originally from Sanger, California. Ruben Navarrette is the most widely read Latino columnist in the country, and the 16th most popular columnist in America according to Media Matters for America. He is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post Writers Group whose twice-a-week column appears in nearly 150 newspapers, a contributor to USA TODAY and Fox News, and a columnist for The Daily Beast.

About Arnold Torres: Torres is the former executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) from 1979 to 1985 were he testified extensively before House and Senate Committees on the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1985. He is a journalist, consultant, and partner in the Sacramento, California public policy consulting firm Torres & Torres. He has served as a political analyst for Univision, Telemundo, and Spanish language radios in the United States and Latin America.
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