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Petitioning Senate Gang of 8,working on Immigration Reform Bill and 9 others

Senate, Gang of 8,working on Immigration Reform Bill: Eliminate child labor in U.S. agriculture under 'unskilled labor'

today an estimated 400- 500,000 children legally work in agriculture. These kids are NOT the children of farmers; these are hired help whose health and education is compromised. They work in conditions most adults can’t physically tolerate.A child born to a farm worker is treated separate and unequal, denied protections from pesticides, arduous work and denied basic protections of non-agriculture children.

Letter to
Senate Gang of 8,working on Immigration Reform Bill
Senator Marco Rubio
Senator Michael Bennet
and 7 others
Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Robert Menendez
Senator Dick Durbin
Senator Jeff Flake
Senator John McCain
U.S. Senate
Eliminate child labor in U.S. agriculture under 'unskilled labor'
If we are going to allow for critical unskilled labor as a part of immigration reform let’s ensure their children have a ‘fair’ shot at the American dream. In 1938 child labor protections were exempted for agriculture. As a result today an estimated 400- 500,000 children legally work in agriculture. These kids are NOT the children of farmers; these are hired help whose health and education is compromised. They work in conditions most adults can’t physically tolerate. An estimated 65% of these children will not finish high school, a waste of potential. We are creating a permanent underclass of citizens. Each generation is supposed to do better but if your children work instead of study it’s rare. A child born to a farm worker is treated separate and unequal, denied protections from pesticides, arduous work and denied basic protections of non-agriculture children. Why aren’t all children protected equally? Who benefits from this old law?
Let’s take this opportunity to end a double standard. Agriculture is a profitable business.
ADM boasts 62 billion in net sales in 2010.
In 2009 Forbes Magazine ranked Cargill #1 Private Company with 109.84 billion in revenues.
Agriculture doesn’t need to survive off the back of children.