Obama to offer deportation relief to 250,000 farm workers: Union

Democrat Representative Luis Gutierrez delivering remarks to the media in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, on Nov 19, 2014, reminding Americans about the people who produce the foods for the Thanksgiving meal. Members of United
Democrat Representative Luis Gutierrez delivering remarks to the media in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, on Nov 19, 2014, reminding Americans about the people who produce the foods for the Thanksgiving meal. Members of United Farm Workers and United Food and Commercial Workers presented a mock Thanksgiving feast of food harvested and processed by immigrant workers. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Barack Obama's immigration reforms would lift the threat of deportation for at least 250,000 undocumented people who work on farms, Mr Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union, said on Wednesday after meeting with Obama.

"We were pleased to learn from the president today that at least 250,000 farm workers (and at least 125,000 California farm workers) will be eligible for deportation relief under his executive action," Mr Rodriguez said in a statement.

The union held a "mock Thanksgiving feast" in front of the White House on Wednesday, and Mr Rodriguez met with Mr Obama, the union said.

"The president committed to working with UFW to do everything possible to make sure that every farm worker who qualifies for the program gets enrolled," Mr Rodriguez said.