Immigration Crackdown Results in Unharvested Crops in CA Fields

Immigration Crackdown Results in Unharvested Crops in CA Fields

California farmers, who often struggle to find enough farmworkers to harvest crops, are finding themselves in a dire situation as acres of crops are being left to rot in fields. Last year, $13 million in crops, including strawberries, broccoli, and lettuce, went unpicked in Santa Barbara County alone. The situation is expected to be far worse this year. Between the surge in arrests in undocumented immigrants by the Trump administration’s Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agents and improvements in the Mexican economy, California farms are desperate for farmworkers, a role that previously was primarily filled by Mexican immigrants. Younger immigrants also tend to be better educated than their parents, and thus, less likely to take jobs working in the fields. Those who must take on lower-paying jobs often do so in the hotel and service industries, where the work tends to be less physically demanding. And despite popular beliefs, Americans are not swarming to take these jobs, which, although they pay well above minimum wage, require back-breaking hours and labor and are seasonal in nature, meaning long stretches with no work and no pay. In fact, Americans filled only two percent of the farm jobs advertised in 1996, a statistic which is believed to be similar today. Some farm owners are hoping to import guest workers on H-2 visas, which is the tactic commonly used by the Trump family at their Virginia vineyard. According to CNN, the Trump family has filled its workforce with over 1,200 foreign workers over the last 15 years, while California vineyards increasingly have sought to mechanize their farm operations in order to compensate for the lack of workers. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we have represented the interests of countless clients in the state of California who are facing deportation proceedings, but who wish to remain with their families in the United States. Fortunately, there are many remedies that may be available if you are facing deportation charges. We will aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, and help you settle upon the option that is best calculated to allow you and your family to live where you choose. Contact our experienced deportation defense attorneys today, and learn how we can help.
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