Resolution - Restoration and Reauthorization of the US DOL National Farmworker Job Training, Migrant Youth and Farmworker Housing Program to the 2008-2009 Budget

WHEREAS, farm workers toil the fields to put food on our nation’s tables, and

WHEREAS, these (adults and youth) farm workers desperately need job training and affordable housing, and

WHEREAS, the President’s budget eliminates the vital job training and housing program to the nation’s 5.1 million primarily Latino farm workers to their detriment, and

WHEREAS, by eliminating this program known as Workforce 167, the only job training program by the US DCL affecting primarily Hispanics, is wiped out, and

WHEREAS, 5.1 million primarily Latino farm workers will be adversely affected, and

THEREFORE, we request that President Bush restore the National Farm worker Job Training and Housing program to $166,000,000 for adults, $20,000,000 for migrant youth and $10,000,000 for farm worker technical assistance to the 2008-2009 budget.

THEREFORE, we request that this resolution be approved at the Arizona LULAC Convention and forwarded to the national LULAC convention to become a national legislative priority.

Approved this 11th day of July 2008.
Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President