In the fields of south Texas Mexican ladies toil long hours in dangerous circumstances under the ever-present threat of deportation
On a rainy, pre-dawn Monday morning in areas falling within the scope of the Rio Grande Valley along the Mexican border in south Texas, little constellations of flashlights glint across the dark-green field. They are held by undocumented immigrants, mostly from Mexico, and mainly living in fear of arrest and deportation but driving all the same to provide for their families. Their digits twist the knot on bunches of parsley or hack stalks of kale until their palms blister. Most of Texas is still asleep.
Many of them are paid on a contract basis, by the box. A carton of cilantro will give construction workers$ 3; known farmworkers say they can fill one within an hour, which entails a typical 5am to 6pm work day would pay them $39 total. The occupation can go from physically awkward and everyday( cilantro, loot, beets) to outright painful and dangerous( watermelon, parsley, grapefruit ).
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