March for “Blue Card” in Oxnard

United Farm Workers President Teresa Romero joined farm workers marching Sunday morning in Oxnard to support a bill creating “Blue Cards” that would let immigrant farm workers permanently remain in the United States by continuing to work in agriculture.

It started at the heart of Colonia in Oxnard at Cesar E. Chavez School and continued and ended at Oxnard Plaza Park. The march, one of three in California’s major agricultural regions, also honored Cesar Chavez’s upcoming March 31 birthday and comes weeks after introduction of the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2019 by U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

“The bill offers America’s farm workers and their families—including many U.S. citizen children—relief from the palpable fear that paralyzes local communities and threatens stability in the agricultural industry,” Romero says. “Farm workers are afraid to leave their homes when they drive to work every morning. Their skill and hard work in feeding America and all of us has earned them the right to apply to legally remain in this country and work without peril.”

The UFW and UFW Foundation are jointly sponsoring the Feinstein-Lofgren measure as well as the event in Oxnard.