There are approximately 2.5 million farmworkers in the United States and half of U.S. farmworkers, as many as 1.25 million people are believed to be undocumented. Farmworkers are among the lowest-paid workers in the nation yet rank as one of the most dangerous professions. Exposure to pesticides, heat, smoke from fires, and risk of COVID-19 exposure are exacerbated by poor working conditions. One out of every three farmworker families earn incomes below the federal poverty line despite working long days up to six days a week; the average individual farmworker earns under $20,000 a year.
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