Florida Woman pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy involving the forced labor of Mexican agricultural H-2A workers- General News
A woman in Florida pleaded guilty today to a federal racketeering conspiracy that victimized Mexican agricultural …
After long days spent toiling in fields under a hot Missouri sun, immigrant workers returned to what was once a county jail where their employer housed them in unsanitary living conditions and added to their misery by failing to pay them the wages they earned under their contract.
Although growers often complain that the H-2A process is cumbrous and expensive (requiring employers to pay for workers’ transportation to and from their native countries, for example), the program has greatly expanded over recent years.
What’s the outlook on farm labor? In a recent interview, Philip L. Martin, a professor at the University of California at Davis and one of the nation’s leading experts, made three major points.