Hilgardia
Hilgardia
Hilgardia
University of California
Hilgardia

Effects of immigration reform not as expected: California farmers still rely on new immigrants for field labor

Authors

J. Edward Taylor
Dawn Thilmany

Authors Affiliations

J. 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.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 46(5):4-6. DOI:10.3733/ca.v046n05p4. September 1992.

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Abstract

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.

Taylor J, Thilmany D. 1992. Effects of immigration reform not as expected: California farmers still rely on new immigrants for field labor. Hilgardia 46(5):4-6. DOI:10.3733/ca.v046n05p4
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