Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Farm Workers, Braceros and the H-2 Program

Adopted by the CCAR at the 90th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Phoenix, Arizona, March 26-29, 1979

Whereas the Central Conference of American Rabbis has for many years supported legislative protections for farm workers with a particular emphasis on the right of farm workers to organize for self-determination and justice; and

Whereas agricultural employers have used many methods to frustrate collective bargaining in their own industry. including the use of easily exploited foreign workers; and

Whereas , the United States Immigration and Nationality Act (PL 414) has an H-2 section which allows for the temporary importation of foreign nationals to work in the US; and

Whereas , agricultural employers in Florida, the East Coast, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and Colorado have intensified pressure on our government to expand the number of H-2 workers employed in US agriculture; and

Whereas , foreign contract workers have historically been mistreated in this country and have also been used to lower wages and working conditions and to defeat the organizing efforts of domestic workers; and

Whereas, H-2 workers ( like the PL 78 braceros before them) do not have the freedom of opportunity to organize for their own protection;

Therefore. be it resolved that the Central Conference of American Rabbis, in 90th Annual Convention assembled in Phoenix, Arizona, this 27th day of March, 1979. calls upon its membership to study whether there is any longer a need for an H-2 program in the Immigration Laws of the United States of America.