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Immigrant-dependent Yakima Valley growers face new reality


November 26, 2017

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Last week, Miguel Gonzales worked quickly to pluck apples from trees in an orchard north of Tieton before the snow season arrives.

"We work seven days a week, but that's good," Gonzales said after climbing down a ladder. "There's not many people, so we have to work harder."

Gonzales worked alongside several laborers hired by local grower Apple King to harvest a crop belonging to another grower — apples that otherwise wouldn't have been picked.

Unable to find enough workers in an increasingly competitive labor market during prime harvest time, the grower told Apple K...

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