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In Trump era, fear a potent weapon for abusive bosses : Mexican guest workers and advocates report rising abuse and threats of retaliation

Jan 01, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

The hours would be long, the sun blazing, the food terrible -- Oscar Ivan Contreras knew what to expect as the bus rumbled toward the United States.

He'd been on this bus before, bound for California and a season's work picking blueberries. It was partly math that pulled him back now: Six hours' pay as a legal, temporary worker for Munger Bros., North America's largest blueberry grower, equals a week's wages back home in the Mexican state of Nayarit.

But almost as soon as he and some...