Business owned by governor candidate’s family faces lawsuit

By: July 25, 2017 11:02 amViews: 26

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 ( 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.

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