up to 35-thousand migrant workers are recruited to
Minnesota to work in farm fields and in agriculture...
And the workers are bringing significant benefits
to the state's economy.
News 8's Sarah Thamer joins us now with the details..Sarah?
Mike and Martha,
According to the Minneapolis Foundation...since the
the state's Latino population has more than tripled,
increasing from 54 thousand to over 175 thousand.
At an apple orchard in Dakota, Minnestoa.
latino migrant workers are contributing to the city's
When you're going to buy apples, chances are you're
not wondering how they were harvested or who picked
But for migrant workers in Dakota, Minnesota, knowing
which apples to pick, is a living.
Bring the apple crop in, pick it, haul it up here
to our receiving area, from there we take it.
At Southwind Orchards in Dakota.
these are some of the duties of 10 migrant workers
who are here on a work visa.
They're here to work, they want to work, if we let
them work seven days a week they probably would.
And they often do it for up to 9 hours a day.
with no complaints.
It's hard to get people to do this kind of work, other
people to do this kind of work, these people want
this work, there is very little work in mexico especially
that pays as much as this does.
For 12 dollars an hour, carrying 20 to 30 pounds of
apples across 135 acres, migrant workers are contributing
to a growing trend in America.
A lot of latinos are not only managing orchards, they're
owning orchards, it's a trend we're seeing more and
more of that latinos are really taking over the fruit
But despite the contributions by migrant workers,
there is a stigma that often comes with the topic
of immigration and migrant workers say they're working
tough jobs to support their families.
They're doing very heavy duty work, they're doing
jobs that are hard.
And they say they'e thankful, to be doing those jobs.
It's a dream to come to the united states and in the
state that he's from, there isnt a lot of work and
not a lot of resources so it's always a dream to come
here and earn money for their famillies.
The migrant workers are brought here through a program
called H2A..which allows U.S employers to temporarily
fill agriculture jobs.
Southwind Orchards also provides migrant workers with
a place to stay during their time in the U.S.
The migrant workers will travel back to Mexico in
November and come back in february to help with work
in the winter.