Over 200,000 migrant farmworkers call Florida home, according to the Florida Department of Health. Tens of thousands work the fields in the Homestead-Immokalee corridor in South Florida. They work all year round in the harvest of a variety of crops, from tomatoes to okra, from watermelons to oranges.
As in other states like California and Texas, most of these workers come from Mexico and Central America. Most don’t speak English, and some don’t even speak Spanish, since they are Indigenous Mexicans.
That is the case of the couple featured in our story. They only spoke Mixteco when they arrived and had to learn Spanish in order to find work. Their names were withheld for their protection.