In a recent report, farmers across the U.S. mainland complain that there is a significant shortage of farm laborers who usually come from Mexico and Central American countries. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey revealed that it affects their income significantly for the year as the harvesting season is already started.
It is confirmed that the tight immigrant policies of the U.S. government have resulted in fewer immigrants for work. The farm owners agreed that they were getting immigrant workers who were either coming on temporary H2A visas or other who have paperwork to work in the country legally.
It is already estimated that as many 50 to 75% of the farm workers in the country are illegal migrants, and the policies of Trump government made a complete stop of labor supply.
Most American farm owners say that it is highly difficult to find any American doing the farm jobs. Even if someone comes for work, they feel not comfortable after some time and leave in the initial day itself. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821
Though the country has a sizable number of seasonal workers, most of them prefer to do construction works in the recent years due to the huge demand. The natural disasters like hurricanes have created huge requirements in the construction industry, and legal seasonal workers leave for those jobs expecting better pay and living conditions.
While there are illegal migrant workers still in the country, most of them are scared and not interested in moving on to a new place or to a new farm owner.
The growers have now a general feeling that administrators should be supporting the growth of agriculture in the country, and someone who can understand and respect the diversity of the country is more suitable for the job.
Farmers still remember the asparagus crop in Michigan in 2016; the crops were mowed because of the significant shortage of farm workers to pick it. Now, they are forced to bring people from Mexico using H2A temporary visa program, which is costly and needs more documentation.
For a country like U.S., the migrants are part of its day to day life, and it is not possible to throw them out of the social space. Due to that reason, migrant rights and human rights organizations come up for their support through assistance programs, campaigns, and more. Organizations like Human Rights Watch, Global Rights, Amnesty International, Refugees International, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and more work towards the goal of ensuring no exploitation for the helpless souls. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is a similar initiative that operates in Arizona to address the migrant and human rights issues. It was started by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey – two prominent journalists in the state – by converting the settlement money they received after appealing their illegal arrest by Maricopa County Sheriff.
In October 2007, the journalists got arrested after reporting a non-legalized procedure enforced by the Sherriff office. The procedure asked to monitor any media reports featuring Sherriff in a bad light and provide the list of online readers of such news.
The journalists appealed at Court of Appeals and got free with a settlement amount of $3.75 million – which they decided to set up Frontera Fund to help groups working for human and migrant rights causes in Arizona.