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COVID-19 Recession in Texas

Meatpacking workers in Texas Panhandle have little power to avoid the coronavirus

A workforce of immigrants has long powered the massive JBS meatpacking plant in Cactus, where a cluster of coronavirus cases is under investigation. They're risking their lives each shift in the county with the state's highest known infection rate.

The JBS meat processing plant in Cactus on Jan. 29, 2020.

An immigrant workforce

A Cactus branch of the Amarillo Somali Community Center on Jan. 29, 2020.
Mobile homes in Cactus on Jan. 29, 2020.
The Cactus Islamic Center serves the muslim community in Cactus.

A cluster of cases

“They have no choice”

A residential neighborhood in Dumas.
Pastor Madit Chakud reads the bible at the Cactus Nazarene Ministries in Cactus.
Orlando and Brenda Carrillo are the owners of  Panaderia Carrillo in Dumas.

“Our Achilles heel”

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