As we reported here in anticipation of the February 16 “Day Without Immigrants,” employers need to prepare for another potential walkout on May 1, 2017. 

Unions and worker advocates, including The Food Chain Workers Alliance, have announced that thousands of workers across the food system—from farm workers to restaurant workers—will be striking on May 1.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News last week that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activities will be directed toward deporting felons, not farmworkers. Sessions said the Justice Department does not intend to target illegal immigrants who have not committed crimes beyond illegally entering the country.

In response to his statements, Western Growers’ President and CEO Tom Nassif released the following statement:

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Immigration

Immigration has been a critical issue for Western Growers members. For years, we have fought for a legal and stable workforce that not only supports our industry but ensures those who have worked along side our members are treated with decency and respect.

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