SANTA FE — The family of a New Mexico Democratic candidate for governor, state Sen. Joseph Cervantes, is being sued by a group of farmworkers.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://goo.gl/xokyQZ) that the farmworkers accuse the business of trying to use a federal visa program and passing over foreign laborers as American workers. According to The New Mexican:
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, a nonprofit group that advocates for farmworkers, says in the lawsuit that Cervantes’ family business in southern New Mexico was part of a scheme that harms workers on both sides of the border.
Cervantes says his family had nothing to do with a recruiter’s efforts to obtain temporary work permits for hired hands from Mexico.
Chile farmers in the area have long complained about a shortage of labor.Like this story? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get more of our best original news.