Jumping the Line
In 1965, Congress ends the practice of bringing Mexican workers to the United States to harvest crops, but Miguel Hernandez still needs work. Despite border patrols, taunts, and "coyotes," Miguel jumps the line. Returning him to his home country makes little difference. He continues to cross. And farmers continue to hire him, despite American farmworkers being available. Over the years, laws change, but the demand for Mexican workers increases. Ignoring or obeying the rules, farmworkers on all sides—ranch owners, union organizers, immigrants, illegal border crossers, Mexican farmers—do their best to make a living.
With sensitivity and, at times, heartbreaking realism, Harpold presents families caught in the web of migratory farm work spun by demand for cheap labor.