California farm workers are one of the main groups suffering from the lack of immigration reform in the state. Workers reportedly tend to move to states where immigration is friendlier and there is a smaller chance of being deported. In the past, farmers in the state were able to hire immigrant labor to work their fields, but border control has apparently diminished their workforce to the point where some farmers are beginning to lose money because they are unable to find enough workers to harvest crops. Employment immigration is difficult for this industry, but current statistics show that a large number, up to two-thirds of these farm workers, are undocumented immigrants.
Immigrants arriving to US in hopes to find work may find themselves running into difficulty in the California agricultural industry. The Obama administration has proposed a system that would require American business people to process all employees through program known as E-verify. The program is designed to provide employers with confirmation that their employees are legally qualified to work within the United States. Using the program would mean that every employee would have to hold a temporary work permit or work visa prior to employment.