Parallel Lives: A Study of Farmworkers and Day Laborers
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This is a paper that seeks to look at the lives of Mexican immigrant farm worker and day laborers. Farmworkers are those people who pick fresh fruits and vegetables for consumption. Day laborers are people who stand on street comers in the early morning looking to find employment for the day, mainly in construction. Both of these groups exist in the low wage low benefit sector of our economy. I am going to take a close look at the larger structures that shape these immigrants lives. I am going to look at such areas as health and safety, minimum wage, and housing. These two groups, I conclude, live parallel lives, working in different parts of the country doing different jobs but experiencing many of the same things. I also give recommendations about what the government and other agencies can do to help improve the living and working conditions for day laborers and fannworkers.