Tag: Migrant Labor (Agriculture)

Hiring Is Very Hard for Restaurants These Days. Now They May Have to Fire.

Facing one of the most severe labor shortages in decades, restaurants across the country are trying virtually everything to recruit cooks and dishwashers, from offering quarterly bonuses to providing training programs for ex-convicts. Now, the specter of increased immigration enforcement is putting many of those restaurants in a more fraught situation: let go of trusted […]

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The Peaches Are Sweet, but Growing Them Isn’t

DEL REY, Calif. — When I first visited this tiny farm town to pick peaches, I did not expect to return. Certainly not every summer. Yet in July, here I was again, in triple-degree heat, for the ninth straight year of a pilgrimage with friends to an orchard just south of Fresno, near the geographic […]

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Economic Antidote for a Shrinking America: Immigrants

MIAMI — After finishing a particularly satisfying dinner at a Coral Gables restaurant with his wife, Pedro Martinez quietly slipped around to the back alley where the kitchen is. “Whatever you’re making, I’ll give you a raise,” Mr. Martinez whispered when the back door swung open. An executive at 50 Eggs, a restaurant group based […]

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After ICE Raids, the Parking Lot Was Crowded, but No One Was There to Work

MORTON, Miss. — From a distance on Friday morning, the parking lot of PH Food could have been hosting a flea market. Scores of vehicles were haphazardly parked, and a throng of people milled around. A woman sold tacos al pastor and tacos de asada from the back of a food truck. But something far […]

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The Sad Lesson From California

After more than a decade of contentious debate, New York has passed a law that entitles farmworkers to basic rights that most workers take for granted — the right to earn overtime, have a day off, collect unemployment insurance and join a union. The law corrects injustices that date back to the exclusion of farmworkers […]

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Mexican Opium Prices Plummet, Driving Poppy Farmers to Migrate

SAN MIGUEL AMOLTEPEC VIEJO, Mexico — For years, two young brothers, like many other farmers in their poor, mountainous region of southwest Mexico, found salvation in the opium poppy. They bled the milky latex from its pods and the profits made their hard lives a little easier. The fact that this substance was the raw […]

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