Joseph Sorrentino

How the U.S. ‘Solved’ the Central American Migrant Crisis

La Bestia is running empty now. 

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The One Thing Worse Than Big Dairy’s Abuse of Cows? Its Abuse of Workers.

New Mexico’s dairies, like almost all dairies in the United States, never stop running. Cows are milked two or three times a day, every day. “Cows don’t know holidays,” says Alfredo Gomez, a 56-year-old dairy worker in southeastern New Mexico. “Here, there’s no Christmas.” For the vast majority of dairy workers in New Mexico, as in most states, there’s also no holiday pay, no overtime, no sick pay and no workers’ comp. They work in dirty, difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions for an industry they’re convinced values milk over milkers.

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Undocumented Farmworkers Are 'Perfect Victims' for Sexual Assault and Harrassment

This article first appeared in In These Times and was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Names of agricultural workers have been changed to protect their anonymity.

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