Crash shines light on immigrants in Christmas tree workforce

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ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press GERVAIS, Ore. (AP) — It was nighttime when Pedro Lucas came home, clutching receipts showing he had paid a funeral home to have the bodies of three immigrant laborers returned to Guatemala from Oregon. The three, including two of Lucas' cousins, were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a van carrying them and 10 other Guatemalans home from work at a Christmas tree farm. Lucas' father, who arrived in America just seven months ago and sent part of his earnings to his wife in the village of Chacaj, was also in the van and remains in a coma, his back broken. "It's unknown if he'll walk again," Lucas said in Spanish. The Nov. 29 crash shined a light on Oregon's immigrant farm workers, the driving force behind the state's $121 million Christmas tree ind
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