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Agriculture

January 9, 2013

Mexico, Canada partner on program for guest workers

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OJOCALIENTE, Mexico —

Now Tenorio spends eight months on a berry farm outside Vancouver and comes home every winter with thousands in savings and duffel bags stuffed with chocolate-covered blueberries.

"Everything is nice there. It's not all disorganized like this," he said, back in his hometown of Troncoso, where armed men park their pickups on the hill near his house at night, watching the highway below as lookouts for drug traffickers.

Like many workers here, he said that he's torn between the need to earn money and the long separations from his wife and daughter.

"Honestly, I'd rather be able to do work in the United States and bring my family with me," he said. "But only with a visa."

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