In Arizona county where Latinos have an edge, so did Trump

Harvest the greens we eat all come from Mexico./Twitter
Harvest the greens we eat all come from Mexico./Twitter

By Fernanda Santos | The New York Times

YUMA, Ariz. — For all the talk on the campaign trail of a border wall and mass deportations, it was Donald J. Trump’s pledge to create more jobs, lift wages and increase opportunities that persuaded Latinos in this majority-minority city 30 miles north of Mexico to vote for him.

Take Anthony Martinez, who is 28 and has three young children. His grandfather worked the fields of leafy greens that fuel the region’s economy, a $3 billion-a-year business that employs tens of thousands of workers, though only seasonally and for only just above the minimum wage.

His father, Antonio Martinez, began in one of those humble jobs after coming from Mexico illegally in 1995. He has since become a citizen through marriage and opened two barbershops in Yuma, where Mexican farm workers and Canadian snowbirds are the bulk of his winter clientele, which his shop serves from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., six days a week.


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December 2016