Growing Pains

A crew of H2-A guest workers picks tomatoes for grower Harry Singh at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. Workers are kept behind fences while they work, where union and legal aid workers can't reach them. Photo by David Bacon.

By David Bacon
Guest farm workers face exploitation, dangerous conditions.

Tomato grower Harry Singh had an idea for speeding up the harvest in the fields he rents at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base near San Diego. His foreman told Serafín Rincón, 61, to pick beside two imported contract workers in their 20s. In the summer heat, Rincón was told to run. He could hardly keep up.

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