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Dear Representative,
I am writing to urge you to support the Childrens Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act), H.R. 3564. This bill would address long-standing discrepancies in U.S. labor law that allow child farmworkers to work at younger ages, for longer hours, and under more hazardous conditions, than children working in other sectors of employment.
Hundreds of thousands of children work as hired laborers in agriculture across the United States. Child farmworkers as young as 12 years old often work 12 to 14 hour days under dangerous and grueling conditions. They risk pesticide poisoning and injury, and suffer fatalities at five times the rate of children working in other jobs. As a result of their long hours, they drop out of school at alarming rates. Nationally, barely half graduate from high school.
Although agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, child farmworkers are exempt from the legal protections that cover all other working children in this country. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, children in other sectors of employment must be at least age 14 to be employed, and may not work for more than three hours on a school day. However, the FLSA allows children in agricultures to work at age 12, with no limit on the number of hours they work, as long as they dont work during school hours.

The CARE Act would correct his double standard by extending to children who work in agriculture the same standard that apply to children who work in other industries. The bill would preserve existing exemption for children working on farms owned and operated by their parents.

Its time we close the loophole and end the double standard that allows children to working in agriculture. The notion that oppressive child labor occurs legally within the United States is unacceptable. Children, regardless of their socio-economic status, deserve a shot at fulfilling their God-given potential by working hard in school and not in the fields.

The CARE Act addresses the inequities and harsh conditions faced by these children, many of whom are working before and after school to support their families. I hope that you will co-sponsor the Childrens Act for Responsible Employment, H.R. 3564.

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