Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in response to reports from the Los Angeles Times that 26 farmworkers were detained in a recent ICE enforcement action:
“Reports that 26 farmworkers were arrested by ICE and placed in deportation proceedings last week are deeply troubling. Farmworkers are essential to California’s agriculture industry, performing backbreaking jobs that are vital to our economy.
“Workers who contribute to our country, pay taxes and don’t pose a threat to public safety shouldn’t be targeted for deportation just to score political points.
“The only way to guarantee protection for these workers is to pass my bill to provide them legal status and a path to citizenship. We must protect those who help put food on our tables.”