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Victoria Bouloubasis is a journalist and food writer based in North Carolina. www.thisfeedsme.com
A look at the uncertain existence of the legal migrant farmworkers that the agricultural industry relies on for cheap labor.
Luis Perez sits up on the edge of his bed, a stiff cot mattress resting on a flimsy metal bedframe a few inches above the concrete floor.
He’s in the 120-square-foot cinder block walled room that he shares with a fellow migrant worker in Angier, North Carolina.
“The television and coffee maker, that’s all his,” Perez says, pointing toward a corner where a mini-refrigerator sits. A half-empty bag of rice slouches on top.
“I know he’ll take those back to Mexico, but I don’t want to carry stuff like that with me. Or waste my money at Wal-Mart.”
He smiles broadly and laughs. With the door closed, that smile seems to be the only light in the room.