Migrant Children Analysis

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Majority of the farmworkers that up hold the table of the American households are the migrant workers form the Mexico. The farm workers maybe working in the farms in Mexico that export to the American corporation of the market, or the worker may work in America in attempt to settle. All migrant workers come to farm with the different goals and conditions planed for their future. Some workers come as a family, and choose a farm to settle, or they may come and travel around farm to farm to make the most amount of money depending on the seasonal crop. Great portion of the workers suffer from unfair treatment from the farm owners and the social structure. The suffering of the farmworkers are not individual problem, but is it the issue of the society,…show more content…
More than half of the child labor population is under the minimum age to be working at all. Federal labor laws has set 12 years old to be the possible youngest age to be working in agriculture with parent's permissions since 1938 according to National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM). Rothenberg's "Migrant Children" chapter tell the story of children working on farm, or people grew up as child labor. Almost all of the people state that they dropped out of school before 5th grade due to farm work. Dora Medina calims her first memory of working in the field as when she was six years old. Many of the children join the field work young at their age because the family need every little help they can get. The children often feel they belong to the field and feel out of the place when they attend school. Being educated is a challenge especially for the seasonal farm workers. The farm workers that works for the crops of the season need to travel around, moving their families several times throughout the year. There is not enough for the children to settle down long enough to learn the basic education to keep up with the school. The under aged children are not considered a full worker, so farm owners pay the work of the children to their…show more content…
The structural violence referrers back to the social hierarchy. The structure of the agricultural work is very repetitive and straining for the worker's body. The cause of the pain is considered the part of the job. There is no medical care, or any sort of insurance provided by the farm owners. "Abenlino", one of the farm worker that experienced extreme pain in his knee from bending down to pick the berries, told [our] supervisor about the incident [intense pain in his knee]. The supervisor simply "OK." and drove away" (Holmes). Many farm owners do not even bother to take care of the worker's health when the worker is undocumented immigrant. Undocumented worker is nothing in the legal level, and out in the field as well. The straining pain is not enough to describe worker's pain at work. There is physical violence by the "soldier" monitoring the workers. The soldiers any whip them, or kick to increase the worker's drive. "The political violence of land wars has pushed them to live in inhospitable climates without easy access to water for crops... forced them to leave home and family... to survive in a new land" (Holmes). The political violence may not appear obvious for the workers, but it is governments fighting to earn the
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