MEXICO: Coyote's Bite

As a stonemason in the village of La Huacana, west of Mexico City, Eulogio Serrano, 32. was earning 15 pesos ($1.20) a day working on the town's new school when he made up his mind to go to the U.S. and put in a season picking lettuce in

California's Imperial Valley. At first his wife would not hear of it. "You're no peon, to work in the lettuce fields," she argued. But Serrano, a short, husky Tarascan Indian, overruled her. "Imagine!" he said. "They pay 80 American cents an hour, 130 pesos a day....

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