October 23, 2005
Hiding from the U.S. border patrol in an air-conditioning duct for nine and a half hours, Jorge Mendez couldn't even come down to urinate. As agents passed below, he had to keep from making the slightest noise.
Mexico’s new president has raised wages, and maquiladora workers have gone on strike along the border.
California agribusiness seeks to reduce guest workers’ pay
The Lopez Obrador administration is changing the law so that workers can actually choose a union and vote on their contracts.
David Bacon is a California writer and photojournalist; his latest book is In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte (University of California / El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 2017).