- Professor Emeritus
Phil Martin's comments on the status of agricultural workers of California featured in KQED
Phil Martin's comments regarding the status of agricultural workers of California featured in KQED. Mike Poindexter, a third-generation walnut grower in the Central Valley town of Selma, received a letter from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It said federal agents would be auditing his business.
Soon after receiving the letter, Poindexter hung a notice to workers about the I-9 audit above the time clock where staff punch in before their shifts. Within two days, 18 people had quit, likely out of fear authorities would discover they lacked permission to work. Phil says, "The majority of workers keeping agricultural businesses running in California are unauthorized immigrants."