Immigration Proposal & Farmers Market Week

Immigration Proposal & Farmers Market Week

In June the Department of Homeland Security announced an immigration proposal, which could provide temporary amnesty and work authorization for an estimated 20,000 undocumented immigrants in Washington State. Under this proposal certain undocumented people would be eligible for a temporary, renewable, amnesty which would be accompanied by a work authorization. Free Spanish language meetings are being provided by Tom Roach, a bilingual immigration attorney from Pasco, to explain the program and answer questions. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, August 15 at the Washington State Migrant Council in Toppenish. The Washington Farm Labor Association urges employers to inform workers of these scheduled meetings. For more information and meeting times visit their website at

Everything that I possibly can source, I source within twenty-two miles. It tastes better, it’s better for you and it’s better for the local economy. And I love to support the local farmers, because they are hard working people.

That’s Jessie Straight at the Bellingham Farmers Market expressing the feelings of a large percentage of farmers market goers across the state. In recognition of the strong support given by producers and consumers alike to the over 160 farmers markets across Washington Governor Gregoire, the WSDA, and the Washington State Farmers Market Association are celebrating Farmers Market Week August 5 through the 11, encouraging everyone to take part and support their local farmers and small businesses.

I’m Lacy Gray and that’s Washington Ag Today on the Northwest Ag Information Network. 

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