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‘Unsung Heroes’ Of The Coronavirus Pandemic: While Americans ‘Stay Home In Quarantine,’ Mexican Farmers ‘Work Hard Out In The Fields To Help Supply Food’ To The U.S. As The COVID-19 Battle Continues

Published Tuesday, March 24, 2020
by The Latin Post
‘Unsung Heroes’ Of The Coronavirus Pandemic: While Americans ‘Stay Home In Quarantine,’ Mexican Farmers ‘Work Hard Out In The Fields To Help Supply Food’ To The U.S. As The COVID-19 Battle Continues

Hundreds of thousands of seasonal Farmworkers, mostly Mexicans, enter the United States using H-2A Visas to make sure that there is enough food amid the threat brought by COVID-19, according to a recently published article.

Hundreds of thousands of Mexican Farmworkers are arriving in the Mexican City of Monterrey to pick-up their H-2A Visas at the U.S. Consulates for Temporary Agricultural Workers, and they’re heading to different farms across the United States.

While hundreds of thousands of Mexican Farmworkers are working hard to ensure that there is enough food in the U.S., many Americans are in their homes to avoid COVID-19. 

The agricultural industry is the backbone of the U.S. economy and Mexican Farmworkers are playing a big part in it.

They are the main workforce of this country's agricultural sector.

In fact, there were around more than 250,000 who came to the U.S. last year using H-2A Visas and the majority of them are Mexicans.

Justin Flores, the National AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizing Committee Vice President, said he spoke to Mexicans who plan to travel to the states of North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan and Mississippi to support the agricultural industry of the country.

The efforts of Mexican Workers to sustain the food chain of the United States that comes amid the threat brought about by COVId-19 illustrates a paradox that is occurring in this country: Mexicans work, while Americans stay at home.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico has announced that they have already suspended - for the meantime - non-emergency visa appointments because of the health concerns of their employees and visitors.

However, they also notified Mexican Farmworkers who participated in the program last year that they can still get their H-2A Visas and that they don't need to have an in-person appointment at the consulate.  

With the notification and announcement from the embassy, it is expected that around 85% to 90% of Workers from the Pacific Northwest will be exempted, according to the Director of the Washington Farm Labor Association (WAFLA), Ryan Ogburn.

Moreover, influential farm organizations in the United States are also asking Republican President Donald Trump and his administration to ease the entry of Farmworkers from another country.

Through this, they can assure that there will be enough food in the coming days as the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic.

According to the food producers that their operations are still normal - for now.

Even though, consumers are prowling half-empty supermarket shelves. 

Meanwhile, slaughterhouses, dairies, and vegetable food producers assure they are open for business and are ready to feed the Nation.

In a statement released by the Howard Roth – the President of the National Pork Producers Council Howard Roth: "Telecommuting is not an option for us.  We are reporting for work as always."

Food distribution in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic has also been redirected from shuttered businesses to places where people crave for it - specifically in grocery stores.

Mexican Farmworkers are sacrificing their health just to make sure that they can help sustain the food chain in the U.S. - and that they have something in return to feed their families. 

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