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Farm Workers & LatinX Immigrants in the United States

This guide is intended to provide some general information about social justice regarding U.S. farmworkers and the immigrant experience in the United States.  This guide is a living resource: the contents are not exhaustive nor are they complete. We will add to the guide on a regular basis. Resource suggestions are encouraged. 

Key Findings about Immigrants

The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. As of 2018, more than 44.8 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting for about one-fifth of the world’s migrants. The population of immigrants is also very diverse, with just about every country in the world represented among U.S. immigrants.

Americans of LatinX descent made up 18% of the U.S. population as of 2017. (Pew Research Center)

Chicano Identity Film @RCC Library

Witness the creation of the proud 'Chicano' identity as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process.screenshot of opening scene of movie

37 Maps That Explain Immigration

American politicians, and Americans themselves, love to call themselves a nation of immigrants: a place where everyone's family has, at some point, chosen to come to seek freedom or a better life. America has managed to maintain that self-image through the forced migration of millions of African slaves, restrictive immigration laws based on fears of "inferior" races, and nativist movements that encouraged immigrants to assimilate or simply leave.

But while the reality of America's immigrant heritage is more complicated than the myth, it's still a fundamental truth of the country's history. It's impossible to understand the country today without knowing who's been kept out, who's been let in, and how they've been treated once they arrive.

Through the Eyes of a Child Immigrant