Daughter of Migrant Workers Hopes to Give Something Back

Juanita Mainster’s own life motivates her to rewrite the usual script for children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The 42-year-old can easily recall being rounded up by the Border Patrol in fields north of Brownsville, Texas, and deported to Mexico — even though she was a U.S. citizen. “My parents were undocumented, so I got rounded up and thrown in the truck and hauled off with them,” she said.

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