"According to the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), “heat-related illnesses are the leading cause of death for farmworkers, who are 20 percent more likely to die from them than are other workers.'"
Threats to farmworkers, such as fewer worker protections and unsafe working environments, call for new federal policies and investments to protect all workers across the food supply industry, support immigration rights, and transform our agricultural system.
Without access to critical programs like Medicaid and CHIP, many immigrants can’t afford the costly health care needed to treat chronic health conditions, which are often created or exacerbated by the environments they live in.
Access to food, cash assistance, health care, and housing are pathways to economic justice that everyone deserves—no matter their citizenship status. However, federal restrictions enacted 25 years ago interfere with the ability of immigrants to secure critical benefits with significant consequences to their and their…