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FLOC quizes Gillmore

August 29, 2006: Members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) and community members participated in a Town Hall meeting organized by Congressman Paul E. Gillmore to challenge the Congressman on his vote for the infamous anti-immigrant proposal HR4437 introduced by Congressman Sensenbrenner last December. 


“The anti-immigrant sentiment of this proposal and others of this kind have hurt North West Ohio’s agricultural business by having farmers loose crops because of a severe worker shortage”, informed Beatriz Maya, who handles contract administration for FLOC.


Many farmers this year had to disc their fields because of lack of farm workers in the area.  “Gillmor should be evaluating this reality and formulating sound solutions for the community he is supposed to represent.


“Instead, he prefers to listen to the racist voices of the Minutemen who insist that we have plenty of domestic workers and that immigrants are taking up jobs that otherwise Americans will do. Where are the Minutemen when the cucumbers need to be harvested?” added Maya.

By voting yes to HR 4437 Congressman Gillmor said yes to:

* Having our police departments function as Immigration agents while they are already stretched to the max;

* Criminalizing those who hire immigrants;

* Criminalizing those who help an immigrant, including teachers, doctors, nurses, priests, nuns, and anyone who is a good Samaritan; and

* Building a 700-mile wall(s) closing the border with México.

Immigrant supporters are calling for a moratorium on all raids and deportations until fair immigration reform is achieved to legalize workers who are making a contribution to the United States, to stop border deaths and the separation of families.


According to Maya, “the inaction of Congress on this issue is producing a chaotic situation, highlighted by crops spoiling in the fields and by tragic cases like Elvira Arellano’s, a single mother of a US citizen who challenges a deportation order supported by her church and the Chicago community.”






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