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Jose Gill, 23, from Tamaulipas state in Mexico, is starting his second year as a guest worker at Barr Evergreens in Crumpler, N.C.  His employer, Rusty Barr, pays for transportation from Mexico, housing and insurance, among other things, and must pay such workers about a third more than the state minimum wage. It's still poor by U.S. standards, but the workers say it's better than what they can find  back home.

( Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times / February 13, 2013 )

Jose Gill, 23, from Tamaulipas state in Mexico, is starting his second year as a guest worker at Barr Evergreens in Crumpler, N.C. His employer, Rusty Barr, pays for transportation from Mexico, housing and insurance, among other things, and must pay such workers about a third more than the state minimum wage. It's still poor by U.S. standards, but the workers say it's better than what they can find back home.

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