Week 2 – What are the details?

What are the details? My current knowledge

  • Migrant workers get poor quality living conditions
    • poor quality houses
      • small houses – 200 feet minimum
    • below minimum wages for more hours
    • threat of being deported
    • have to buy their own food but don’t like to risk going in to public places
    • can’t drive
    • can’t get an education
    • have no health care
  • need the jobs to support themselves and their possible families
  • are mistreated by some farmers and stereotyped by society

 

  • Activists want to help migrant workers because they believe in human rights
  • there are programs and have been protests that have been put on by these activists
  • Migrant Justice is a large activist group in Vermont

 

  • Farmers hire workers because they are willing to do jobs other locals aren’t
  • colleges don’t teach students to farm which discourages them to do labor work
  • this leaves only the workers to work on the farms

 

  • agriculture is 70% of Vermont’s economy
  • our economy depends on the migrant workers
  • police know about this dependency and try to steer clear of migrant workers but they still have to do their job

 

  • majority of population don’t understand the topic or aren’t aware of it
  • people who are against migrant workers think they steal jobs and are terrible people because they don’t know what the situation really is

 

 

 

Group Conversation:

  • legal immigrants should be the ones to participate in our video
  • illegal stay for years on dairy farms
  • legal stay for periods of time during harvest time
  • have poor quality lives
    • small, low quality houses
    • lower than minimum wages
    • long hours
    • no health care
    • unable to leave farm
    • live in their own bubble removed from society
    • live a life of secrecy and hiding
  • some people want to help migrant workers
    • Migrant Justice is one and a good source for interviewing and help
    • protests and programs are ways of help
  • some want to use and abuse or don’t understand migrant workers
    • believe migrant workers are stealing jobs
    • believe stereotypes of migrants
  • Americans think of labor jobs as jobs for uneducated
  • this leaves migrant workers to do these jobs
  • what is the impact of the election?
    • How can we use the election to create change?
  • Why do they come here?

 

If you are on my team and you have something to add, just say it in the comment section and I’ll add it to the blog

 

 

Photo taken by USDA 

Elsa Lindenmeyr

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