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New Feature: California's Farmworkers Face Illness and Death in the Fields by Bear Guerra

"For the people who pick the country’s fruits and vegetables — an estimated 800,000 during peak season, about half of them in California alone — higher temperatures mean uncomfortable working conditions, a risk of serious illness and even the possibility of death. In California, there are already strict laws and regulations on the books to prevent some of the worst consequences. But as the future keeps warming, those may not be enough.

Read the feature here.

New Opinion Piece: MS-13 Isn’t the Real Enemy by Bear Guerra

"There is nothing new about Trump’s claims: Since before the 2016 election, he has blamed the United States’ supposedly “open borders” for the deaths of innocent Americans. That’s why we must build his border wall, he says, and deport them all. But Trump’s threatening words, with their thinly veiled racism, only draw attention to this administration’s rapid erosion of civil rights. They are meant to instill fear in the public, while advancing a false narrative about immigration and what it means to be American."

Read the rest of this piece over at High Country News.

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New Opinion Piece: How Trump’s Tax Bill Pits the Rich Against the Poor by Ruxandra Guidi

"The final version of the Republican tax bill will not only cut taxes for large corporations and America’s wealthiest, but do so primarily by slashing trillions of dollars over the next decade from programs that serve low-income and middle-class families... If Occupy Wall Street was considered anti-capitalist, then the new tax law is a love song to social Darwinism in its purest form, shamelessly pitting the 1 percent against the 99 percent."

Read the rest of the column for High Country News here.

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Police, la migra and the trouble with Trump by Bear Guerra

Ruxandra's third "Letter from California" is out in High Country News, on the tricky dance Los Angeles' cops must do in order to stay in Latino engagement but out of immigration enforcement. Every month, she'll be chronicling efforts in the state to grapple with its role in the changing, modern West under a Trump presidency. 

Read the essay here. And in Spanish, here.