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For Farmworkers With Few Safety Nets, It's A Question Of Survival

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It's just about the peak of strawberry season in California, one of the most lucrative times of the year for berry farms.

But with major supply chain issues due to COVID-19, this year they're looking at big losses - and in turn workers who rely on them for income may lose their jobs.

For Maria, an undocumented single mother of four who picks strawberries in Oxnard, it's a question of survival, as few safety nets are available.

“I don’t want to panic, but this goes through my mind: What will happen if I lose my job? The kids, the rest, the food. How am I going to pay the rent? How am I going to feed them? This all passes through my mind,” she said.

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