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Dear Gabacho: Primeramente, your workers' so-called primos weren't his cousins. Blue-collar Mexicans, while frequently working alongside family members, don't tolerate flojos in their ranks but do call colleagues primos as a form of endearment and are always looking out for them; could very well be the Mexican you hired was as disappointed in his primos as you. More importantly: since you're probably hiring illegal-immigrant labor, you're entitled to the work that you paid for. So this falls on you: did you pay the jornalero a living wage? If so, you're entitled to whatever work you ask for, at the time that you want. Or are you codo and paying him below market because you're paying under the table? Then you deserve the crap job you're getting, exploitative lawbreaker — don't you know it's illegal to hire illegals?

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