The FWAF as a grassroots farmworker organization has been involved in the fight for immigration policies that treat farmworkers and their families with dignity and respect recognizing their contribution to US economy and society. The issue of immigration, however, affects more than just farmworkers and extends across all industries and across all demographic sectors with immigrants coming from all over the world, not just Latin America.
This conversation with Iván took place several months ago. At that time the separation of families by the US Border Patrol and ICE had not reached the scale and policy level that we have seen in recent weeks. Therefore they were not in most of our daily news consumption. Iván's words at that time bring a prophetic chill that we should have seen coming miles away. "To the Republicans who are holding us hostage I would say, 'How can they live with themselves, using us as a bargaining chip? Dehumanizing us is sickening and cowardly. How can they look at us and not see us as other children?," he said in March. His words for Democrats were not any more conciliatory either. "Why are you willing to compromise?," he said. "To me that shows lack of leadership. Just because it has proven to be a difficult fight, it doesn't mean you have to surrender."