Written by Natalie Kitoeff and Geoffrey Mohamed Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job. emphasizes the amount of labor forces needed in California. It included passages about how the majority of the laborers were undocumented or non-native even with the increase in minimum wage, which was 8 dollars at the time. With the new Trump’s immigration crackdown, immigrants are being deported and prevented from entering the United States to benefit the American citizens with higher wages. Ironically most of the workers that works on the fields are undocumented, therefore Trump’s immigration crackdown can only amount to high wages with labor shortages. The event transpiring now is the opposition of what happened to the Okies in the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, that occurred during the Great Depression where many poor farmers were poor and jobless that had to travel to California to search for a job. I think that this brings us back to the point that when they are a lot of workers available, wages decreases, and when there is a shortage of workers, wages increases. Unlike the people during the Great Depression, no Americans are willing to take the jobs besides immigrants and undocumented workers.
Picture and Article Citing: Wages Rise on California Farms. Americans Still Don’t Want the Job.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.