March 10, 2017  |  VIEW IN BROWSER

Trump Budget Seeks Massive Non-Defense Cuts, But Congress Will Have its Say

From the Executive Director's Desk (3/9)
The White House has announced the overall discretionary appropriations totals President Trump plans to include in his first budget request (for fiscal year 2018) later this year. The president will propose an immediate nine-percent increase in defense spending to $603 billion, offset by an aggregate 11-percent decrease in non-defense appropriations to $462 billion. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the $54 billion increase in defense spending is one of the largest increases in history, and that cuts to the topline non-defense number will be the largest proposed reduction since the early years of the Reagan Administration. Read Full Analysis

Center for American Progress Slams Rumored Trump Executive Order on Immigrants

Center for American Progress (2/14)
A draft of this new order leaked to various press outlets would, if issued, expand the focus of the administration’s anti-immigrant efforts beyond unauthorized immigrants, refugees, and Muslims to include green card holders—also known as lawful permanent residents—living in the United States. It would also affect potential immigrants seeking visas to lawfully enter the United States to reunite with family members and citizen dependents in immigrant-headed households. Read More

Utah’s Futures Through Training Selects New Executive Director

Bids Goodbye to Retiring Longtime Executive Director Jerry Jefferies
Read the full letter here. 

National Farmworker Awareness Week Approaching!

By Vashti Kelly, Programs Manager (2/28)
National Farmworker Awareness Week is March 24-31, as well as our annual National Long-Sleeve Shirt Drive! We will be collection lightly worn, light colored, long-sleeve shirts from participants across the nation to then donate them to farmworkers. Why do farmworkers need long-sleeve shirts? To help protect themselves from pesticide exposure and heat-related illnesses that so commonly effect the farmworker population. Join us in celebrating and advocating for the rights of farmworkers during this week by donating long-sleeve shirts. Keep an eye out next week for updates on the shirt drive and for a drop-off location near you. #NFAW2017 #NFAW #LSSD #SiSePuede Read More

Perkins Career and Technical Education Act News

Education Week (2/3)
Career and technical education advocates have started their push for a facelift to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act under President Donald Trump. A coalition of 85 advocacy groups and businesses, ranging from AASA, the School Administrators Association, to Boeing and IBM, sent a letter February 16 to the four leaders of the respective House and Senate CTE Caucus urging them to make career and technical education a priority. Read More

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Defends Federal Investment in Domestic Programs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (2/21)
The upcoming budgets from the Trump Administration and congressional Republicans are expected to contain deep cuts in domestic programs. A pair of CBPP reports show why two of the principal arguments that proponents will likely use to justify such cuts — that widespread growth in federal programs throughout the budget is the source of the nation’s fiscal problems, and that programs assisting people with low or modest incomes are burgeoning in cost — don’t bear up under scrutiny. Read More

United Farm Workers Conducting Know-Your-Rights Meetings; Says Farmworkers are Targeted, Scared

United Farm Workers
The United Farm Workers (UFW) reports it is holding farmworker know-your-rights meetings in farmworker regions throughout California, Washington, and Oregon, and implementing plans to send staff into the fields to talk to farmworkers directly. Why? Because UFW says the threat is real, farmworkers are scared, and people are afraid to leave their houses except to go to and from work. Read the UFW announcement here.

An Empty Handed Harvest

By Lawrence Crockett, AFOP Program Clerk (3/3)
Malnutrition and hunger are unfortunately a fairly common reality among migrant farmworkers living in the United States. One may be inclined to assume that since often a farmerworker primary occupation is to grow and harvest fresh produce, that he or she keeps a healthier diet than the average American. That, however, is not even half-the-time the case. In fact, low wages and costly living expenses often undermine healthy dieting among migrant farmworkers. Read More

The High Cost of Cheap Labor

By Brian Barth, Modern Farmer (2/21)
At least half of all farmworkers in the United States are undocumented Mexican immigrants. And “documentation” often dictates inclusion in a guest-worker program that’s been compared to slavery. Americans avoid these jobs, yet elected a president who promised mass deportation. There’s a crisis brewing in our fields, and it’s about to get much, much worse. Read More

What We're Reading

Farmers Supported Trump. His Proposals Have Them Thinking Again

By Joseph Erbentraut, The Huffington Post (2/15)

Research Shows No Link between Immigration and Increased Crime

By Bert Gambini, University of Buffalo (2/10)

California Farmers Backed Trump, but Now Fear Losing Field Workers

By Caitlin Dickerson and Jennifer Medina, The New York Times (2/9)
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