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In the Coachella Valley, hope withers on the vine (Mega Barf Alert!)
Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/23/09 | Mike Anton

Posted on 06/23/2009 7:19:32 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway

Reporting from Mecca, Calif. -- An hour before dawn in the camp of last resort. Dozens of men and a few women are asleep in the beds of pickup trucks, in the back seats of cars or on flattened cardboard boxes in the dirt behind the Toro Loco market. The air is cool, but the terrible sun is close at hand. Martin Zavala is wrapped in a blanket, his head resting on a Scooby-Doo pillow, a pack of Marlboros under his neck. Thieves prowl at night and will snatch what is not secured. Drunks and meth-addled tweakers tease the dozing grape pickers, poking them with knives or guns. Zavala, his brother and four friends positioned their vehicles to form a protective perimeter -- modern-day covered wagons on a wild frontier.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: aliens; cultureofcorruption; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; shadowgovernment; taxfraud
"There's a ton of illegals here," he says. "People bring in checks with aliases that they've been given. Or they may have papers but work under a different name so they don't lose their unemployment" from a previous job."

Sorry! No sympathy here. Collecting three or four unemployment checks under different names?....Just a taxpayer rip off to me!....

1 posted on 06/23/2009 7:19:32 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Obamas fault!!

I get to do that for four years.


2 posted on 06/23/2009 7:20:45 AM PDT by BipolarBob (It takes a Kenyan village to raise a US president.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I make no apologies to the L.A. Times for not caring about illegals being exploited in the U.S. or for buying grapes for two bucks a pound or less. Go back to Mexico.


3 posted on 06/23/2009 7:24:34 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

No sympathy here either....let ‘em all go back home


4 posted on 06/23/2009 7:25:20 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'd be embarrased to be driving a Yaris....)
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To: BipolarBob
"Obamas fault!!

I get to do that for four years.

Unfortunately, you'll be saying that for the rest of your life.

5 posted on 06/23/2009 7:27:03 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Just a taxpayer rip off to me!....

Not being able to afford to house, clothe, feed, educate, employ, and provide health coverage for everyone in the solar system makes you a RACIST!!

6 posted on 06/23/2009 7:27:24 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Collecting three or four unemployment checks under different names?

Flog them and throw them over the border.

Bastards.

Honest legal immigrants are welcome.

These scum are not.

7 posted on 06/23/2009 7:27:29 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Why are we paying unemployment to illegal aliens in the first place?
End this madmess. We are destroying our country for cheap grapes?


8 posted on 06/23/2009 7:30:21 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Representatives from government agencies are on hand to educate farmworkers on their legal rights. Tables are stacked with literature on workplace discrimination, wage and overtime laws, sexual harassment and pesticide danger. But the crowd gravitates to a table where the Mexican Consulate is giving away children's books, novels and school textbooks.

Government agencies are working with not only illegal aliens, but those who are committing unemployment fraud? What isn't wrong with this picture?

9 posted on 06/23/2009 7:38:28 AM PDT by mak5
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To: Oldexpat

Maybe just in Texas, but our grapes seem to come from Chile.
barbra ann


10 posted on 06/23/2009 7:44:02 AM PDT by barb-tex (Barracuda Sarah has a compelling life story too, but with NO affirmative Action.)
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To: mak5

The shadow government subverts the rule of law to push the code of liberal policy in unelected, unaccountable government offices.


11 posted on 06/23/2009 7:47:49 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
An hour before dawn in the camp of last resort. Dozens of men and a few women are asleep in the beds of pickup trucks, in the back seats of cars or on flattened cardboard boxes in the dirt behind the Toro Loco market. The air is cool, but the terrible sun is close at hand. Martin Zavala is wrapped in a blanket, his head resting on a Scooby-Doo pillow, a pack of Marlboros under his neck. Thieves prowl at night and will snatch what is not secured.

Wow!! Does anyone else feel like this is "Grapes of Wrath" Part Deaux......

12 posted on 06/23/2009 8:09:23 AM PDT by China Clipper (My favorite animals usually are found next to the rice on my plate.)
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To: China Clipper

It’s a novel for sure.....


13 posted on 06/23/2009 8:26:53 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I’ve been to Mecca, CA recently (April). It is basically a Mexican town with a US Post Office and county sheriff’s office. Does not look prosperous, but it is busy. It appears to me that minimum wage would be sufficient to get by there, even buy or rent a livable place if you weren’t sending most of it back to the homeland. On the same trip I visited Oxnard, and that of course is very comfortable oceanside agricultural community that seems to be mostly Mexican (or Mexican-American?). People dressed very nicely and driving nice cars. I’m thinking minimum wage adds up if the whole family is settled and contributing. But maybe if you are legal the state benefits are generous.


14 posted on 06/23/2009 9:09:49 AM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Some of the men relieve themselves next to their cars.

Such a pleasant sight in the morning, watching these heroic exploited workers exhibit their ever-present good manners and good hygienic habits.

Disgusting.

15 posted on 06/23/2009 11:28:18 AM PDT by jimt
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


16 posted on 06/23/2009 12:07:24 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

We need a bounty on illegals, $100 alive $500 dead!

Live ones cost too much to deport.


17 posted on 06/23/2009 12:13:33 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
"I'm poor. I'm uneducated. I don't expect this to ever change," Zavala says in Spanish. "But I'm doing it so my children may not have to."

Hey, this guy could be a democrat. "It's for the children."

18 posted on 06/23/2009 12:13:41 PM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: gubamyster
Martin Zavala is wrapped in a blanket, his head resting on a Scooby-Doo pillow, a pack of Marlboros under his neck.

So how much does Martin pay for a pack of 'boros in Kaliforny nowadays?

19 posted on 06/23/2009 1:03:16 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!!)
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To: Willie Green
So how much does Martin pay for a pack of 'boros in Kaliforny nowadays?

I don't smoke, so I'm not sure, but probably about $6.00 a pack.

20 posted on 06/23/2009 1:42:55 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Upton Sinclair and John Steinbeck wannabe ping!


21 posted on 06/23/2009 7:43:50 PM PDT by HoosierHawk
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