Californias Last Frontier

  ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - In this Jan. 31, 2012 photo, farm worker Manuel Soto holds his knife before beginning work in the lettuce fields near Holtville, Calif. Thousands of Mexicans leave their homes each morning to become a pillar of one of most unusual and depressed labor markets in the United States. California's Imperial Valley consistently registers the nation's highest unemployment rate - 26.4 percent in January - yet it looks south of the border to fill many of its jobs because locals shun $9-an-hour jobs picking crops. Mexicans enter the country legally each morning and return home each night. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - In this Jan. 31, 2012 photo, farm worker Manuel Soto holds his knife before beginning work in the lettuce fields near Holtville, Calif. Thousands of Mexicans leave their homes each morning to become a pillar of one of most unusual and depressed labor markets in the United States. California's Imperial Valley consistently registers the nation's highest unemployment rate - 26.4 percent in January - yet it looks south of the border to fill many of its jobs because locals shun $9-an-hour jobs picking crops. Mexicans enter the country legally each morning and return home each night. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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