A look at the uncertain existence of the legal migrant farmworkers that the agricultural industry relies on for cheap labor.
Nov 07, 2013
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.