Migrant Workers Struggle for Change

Take a look inside the life of America's farm workers.
3:00 | 04/04/14

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saved, thanks to a share. Mara schiavocampo, ABC news, new York. Sflmplts a very personal report from someone you have seen on ABC's new John quinonesa champion of migrant workers 50 years ago, tonight, 3 million migrant workers are still here in the United States and hoping for change. And John Quinones, now, looks at their lives through memories of his own. Reporter: These are the faces of some of the hardest-working people I know -- the people who labor 18 hours a day under the blistering sun -- bugs and insecticide -- harvesting the food we eat. All because they want their children to have a better life. Like the parents of the child in this photo -- that is me. When I was barely a teenager, my family and I journeyed all the way from Texas to Michigan and Ohio to harvest cherries and tomatoes. It was back-breaking work for very little money. I remember that people worked even when they were sick. No days off. People like this man gets 70 cents for filling that sack. Back when I was young, I though things would change because I had a hero -- Cesar Chavez. An activist who co-founded the united farmworkers association. He fought for simple changes. And a new movie -- "Cesar Chavez" -- chronicles the hunger strikes and boycotts that he led. That was 50 years ago. But tonight, farmworkers are still not allowed to join a union. Elvira Francois has been working in the citrus fields of Florida for 15 years, supporting he three kids on $200 a week. You have a problem here? I'm allergic to the spray in the fields. Reporter: Elvira and others like her looking for a new hero. Many of these farmworkers don't even know who Cesar Chavez was. Both: No, no. Reporter: America's farmworkers counting on us to give children a chance like I had. The migrant kid who dreamed of someday becoming a TV reporter, the kid who was so inspired by Cesar Chavez. John Quinones, ABC news, fellsmere, Florida.

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