Unit 3 Destination Reflection - Arizona/Mexico
Please watch this short video from Human Rights Watch, which talks about the widespread use of child labor on US farms. Many of these child laborers are undocumented, and because of this they are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse:
You can learn more about how immigration status affects child farm workers from another report by Human Rights Watch:
- What feelings did the video bring up for you?
- What did you learn from these stories that you didn’t know before?
- What connections do you see between immigration issues and economic injustice? How about between the struggles for workers’ rights and for immigrants’ rights?
- The video promotes a solution that involves changing US labor laws to make it illegal for children to be hired for farm work. What unintended consequences could arise from protecting children in this way? For instance, what are some of the effects this legislation might have on these children’s families? Are there other changes you can imagine that could solve the problem of child farm labor?