This work looks at how immigration policy and climate change affect the work environment for fieldworkers and their work. The hypothesis of this work is that immigration policy and climate change culminate in a series of disadvantages and advantages, but their overall outcome will generate an adverse work environment that will dissuade future immigrants from taking agriculture as an occupation. Therefore, the present farm labor shortage being felt by California and the US will continue to worsen. If farmers want continued access to fieldworkers immigration policy will to protect the worker, enforce better work conditions, and allow them to circulate between the US and Mexico.
Additional Supporting Materials
Smith, Stacey Vanek, and Cardiff Garcia. “Worker Shortage Hurts California’s Agriculture Industry.” NPR. NPR, May 3, 2018
Holmes, Seth M. Fresh fruit, broken bodies. University of California Press, 2013.