Farm workers worried about future

March 26, 2007 at 1:10 PM
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OXNARD, Calif., March 26 (UPI) -- United Farm Workers in California are marking the anniversary of the birth of founder Cesar Chavez amid worries about the future.

Thirty-five years after Chavez brought the plight of the migrant workers to the attention of Americans, many hardships remain, The Los Angeles Daily Herald reported.

Besides worrying about immigration reform, January's record-breaking cold snap destroyed many farm workers' jobs.

"Workers are moving to Colorado, to Kansas, because California is too expensive," Teresa Nava who has worked in the strawberry fields since she arrived from Mexico 18 years ago, told the Daily News.

"What Cesar Chavez did for us was all good," said a supervisor who identified himself to the newspaper as Javier. "But I don't know what's happened since. We hold meetings. We march and still the people are afraid."

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