Resolution - Continual Funding and Reauthorization of the US Department of Labor National Farmworker Job Training Migrant Youth and Farmworker Housing Program to the 2009-2010 Budget.

WHEREAS, farmworkers 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, USDOL does not presently fund the Rocky Mountain States region for farm labor housing programs, farm worker youth programs nationwide and Youth Build in lower Yuma County; and
WHEREAS, USDOL by not funding these two critical programs that directly affect the productivity of US agribusiness now and in the future; and
WHEREAS, 5.1 million primarily Latino farmworkers will be positively affected if funding is made available; thereby, creating hundreds of housing jobs and preparing our youth for green jobs; and
THEREFORE, we request that President Obama fund the National Farmworker Job Training and Housing program to $140,000,000 for adults, $20,000,000 for migrant youth and $10,000,000 for farm worker technical assistance to the 2010 budget. Furthermore, we ask that US DOL consider restoring the farm labor housing funding to the Rocky Mountain States Region restitution of lower Yuma County Youth Build.
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 18th day of July 2009.

Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President