Dozens of Mexican workers left in limbo after Whatcom County farm walkout


Sarbanand Farms has offered to pay for their flights back, but some workers worry that if they leave, they’ll be blacklisted — and the conditions they say they endured won’t change.

More than 70 Mexican men are living in Lucy and Joaquin Suarez’s small backyard in Sumas, Whatcom County. The workers have been there for a week, camped three or four to a tent, ringed by a wood pile and a small mountain of donated water bottles.

So much food has been donated that the couple requested on Facebook that volunteers not to bring food but freezers and fridges instead. By Thursday, donors had delivered several of the appliances, as well as generators to power them.

Joaquin Suarez says not all his neighbors are as kind, however. On Monday evening, someone broke a window in a volunteer’s parked truck, apparently with a B.B. gun pellet. The homeowner next door asked Suarez to keep…



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