For many undocumented farmworkers employed in California, there is a general overarching fear about the possibilities of being detained, deported, and separated from their families. Assemblyman Luis Alejo is seeking to provide legal work permits for those already employed in California’s Agriculture industry, which would ostensibly increase family stability and reduce many fears and anxieties regarding family separation and displacement.
Today is decision day for bills in Sacramento that require the state to spend money. Fiscal committees will decide which bills advance to the Assembly and Senate floors and which bills die for a year. Among those bills is one that would establish a state-sanctioned guest worker program for undocumented farmworkers already employed in California. The California Report’s Queena Kim spoke with the bill’s author, Assembly member Luis Alejo why he chose to focus on farmworkers.