UFW head Arturo Rodriguez testifies at Senate immigration hearing

April 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Senate Judiciary Committee held its second hearing Monday on the "gang of eight's" immigration overhaul. The president of the United Farm Workers union (UFW) was on Capitol Hill to ask for passage of the legislation.

Arturo Rodriguez said the UFW contributed to the bill, working alongside the bi-partisan gang of eight over the past five months.

He says the bill seeks to improve our nation's agricultural industry, secure our nation's food supply, and considers the future of the workforce upon which American agriculture depends.

"The life of a farm worker in 2013 is not an easy one. Most farm workers earn very low wages. Housing in farm worker communities is often poor and overcrowded. With any new immigration policy, first and foremost we seek an end to the status quo of poverty and abuse," said Arturo Rodriguez, UFW.

Rodriguez is the second president of the United Farm Workers of America -- carrying on the work of the union founded by Cesar Chavez.