As a day laborer, Raul Salas would often have to wait for odd jobs that were never steady and barely allowed him to make a living.
So he says he jumped at the opportunity when, last year on a June day, a fellow laborer named Pensamiento offered him a seasonal job detasseling corn in Indiana.
“He came up to me over there,” said Salas, pointing to a spot in downtown Brownsville where day laborers were known to gather to wait for work. “He said it would be really good work for me.”
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