Effects of immigration reform not as expected: California farmers still rely on new immigrants for field labor
AuthorsJ. Edward Taylor
Authors AffiliationsJ. E. Taylor is Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, UC Davis; D. Thilmany is a Graduate Student in the Department of Agricultural Economics, UC Davis.
Hilgardia 46(5):4-6. DOI:10.3733/ca.v046n05p4. September 1992.
Employer sanctions under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) were intended to encourage US. employers to adjust to a smaller, more legal workforce. This study focuses on changing patterns of farmworker turnover and the use of farm labor contractors to test IRCA's effectiveness. The authors' findings do not support the hypothesis that IRCA would succeed in reducing California agriculture's reliance on new immigrants to meet its labor needs.
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