Farm Labor and Immigration: Outlook for 2015

Philip Martin

from ARE Update Vol. 18, No. 2, Nov/Dec, 2014

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Abstract

Fears of farm labor shortages have made California farmers keen observers of immigration patterns and policies. On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program to allow unauthorized foreigners with legal U.S. children who have been in the United States at least five years to
obtain renewable three-year work permits. The effects of DAPA on farm workers are unclear. Up to 500,000
farm workers, half in California, may qualify for DAPA status, which may encourage some to seek nonfarm jobs.

Keywords

farm labor, agricultural workers, immigration, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, DAPA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA

Citation

Philip Martin. "Farm Labor and Immigration: Outlook for 2015." ARE Update 18(2)(2014):9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
http://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2014/18/2/farm-labor-and-immigratio/