Undocumented Worker: We're Not Taking Your Jobs
Migrant worker tells her story to 'Modern Farmer'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2013 12:02 PM CST
In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, workers harvest wild blueberries at the Ridgeberry Farm in Appleton, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

(Newser) – Odilia Chavez, a 40-year-old undocumented migrant farm worker based in California, is the first person to tell her story in a new Modern Farmer "Farm Confessional" feature, and she has a message for anyone who thinks people like her are stealing American jobs: "We’re not taking their jobs. In the 14 years I’ve been here, I’ve never seen an American working in the fields. I’ve never seen anyone work like Mexicans," she writes. "Agriculture is dependent on undocumented workers. We need the money from the farmers, and the farmers need our hands."

She tells her story and describes the low pay and difficult conditions that leave her exhausted by 9pm and awake again by 3am. Even so, she says, she would keep her job even if immigration reform passed. She'd be able to get a driver's license and social security card and see her mom in Mexico for the first time since 2008, but in terms of a job, she and a lot of her fellow workers don't know how to do anything else, don't know how to use a computer, and never got far in school. "We can’t get a better job. They were farmworkers in Mexico and we’re going to die as farmworkers." Her full column is worth a read.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Undocumented Worker: We're Not Taking Your Jobs is...
2%
15%
6%
57%
2%
18%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 75 comments
NorCalHal
Nov 9, 2013 7:47 PM CST
"Undocumented Worker: We're Not Taking Your Jobs" - just your money, health care, and education, police. fire, welfare, and other services. If you want to LIVE here come in legally and pay taxes like everyone else (at least the ones that work).
Daniel from TN
Nov 9, 2013 5:58 PM CST
Note to Evann Gastaldo, the author of this article. The first two words in the title of your article are incorrect. They are NOT undocumented workers: They ARE illegal aliens. What part of illegal do you not understand?
Guillermo
Nov 7, 2013 6:33 PM CST
We're not taking your jobs, we're taking your country.