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Bill that would expand rights for undocumented farm laborers gets boost from Colorado ag worker

Lulu Guerrero wakes up at her home in Wiggins, sometimes as early as 3 a.m., to get out to the farm fields that spread across Weld County in every direction and start her days planting and harvesting watermelons, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and pumpkins.

Guerrero, who illegally entered the United States nearly 20 years ago and has worked in Colorado’s $41 billion a year agricultural industry ever since, lives in constant worry about her future and that of the hundreds of thousands of other immigrant farm workers who labor in America’s farm fields.

“We were called essential during the pandemic — all we want is the opportunity to get out of the shadows and stay in the country,” she said through a translator on the phone last week.

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