Christopher Ranch Vice President Ken Christopher "said the farm has been trying, without success, to draw new workers since 2014," Kitroeff writes. "Human resources frantically advertised open farm-labor positions, posting help-wanted ads online and urging employees to ply their networks for potential recruits. Nothing came of it."
Many blamed the labor shortage on stepped-up border enforcement by the Obama administration, which deported millions of undocumented workers; a stronger Mexican economy, and the financial crisis of 2008, which led more Mexicans to return home than migrated to the U.S. from 2009 to 2014, for the first time in decades, according to the Pew Research Center, Kitroeff reports. But once Christopher Ranch announced a wage increase, applications flooded in. "Now the company has a wait-list 150 people long."