Tuesday, January 31, 2006

And You Thought Your Job Was Rough....

This photo from the Imperial Valley Press puts a face on immigration from Mexico. The people shown here live across the border in Mexicali. Everyday they get up at 2 a.m. to get to Calexico to get a job picking. Picking starts at sunrise but first they have to get bussed to the field. The bus pulls a porta-potty. They make $8.84 an hour with no benefits. In this photo they are picking cabbage. There are fewer and fewer immigrants to pick because the work is hard and it pays little. Pickers are advising their kids to do something else. The pickers don't speak English so this is about the best they can do, but still it's better than in Mexico.

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