Illinois group gets $1.4 million to help migrants

June 30, 2011

The Associated Press

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Migrant farm workers from Mexico harvest organic spinach in Colorado.

The U.S. Department of Labor is giving an Illinois group $1.4 million to provide job training and other services to migrant farmworkers.

The department said Wednesday the money will go to the Illinois Migrant Council. The money is part of $78.3 million being provided by The National Farmworker Jobs Program to 52 groups around the country to pay for job training, employment services and other needs for seasonal farmworkers and their families.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said the money is intended to help migrant farmworkers and their families lead more stable lives. 

Another $5.7 million will go to 16 groups across the country to provide housing assistance for migrant farmworkers.