The State of Migrant Labor in the Western United States: Then and Now

Six leading scholars and a migrants’ rights advocate discussed the past and present challenges facing Mexican and Central American migrant farm workers in California, Oregon, and Washington state. Issues included migrants’ changing relations with employers, labor contractors, and labor unions; migrant housing problems; the ways in which undocumented immigration status affects migrants’ access to jobs and terms of employment. This event was part of UCSD’s first annual César Chávez state holiday observance, sponsored by the UCSD Chancellor.