CoCal, a Denver-based landscaping company, hires dozens of temporary workers from Mexico each year because it can’t find enough Americans to take the jobs.
DENVER — The first day on the job for the 39 new hires at Jesus “Chuy” Medrano’s landscaping firm started as soon as they stumbled off the bus in the early morning, groggy and stiff from the 13-hour trip from the Mexico border.
¿Listos para trabajar? (“Ready to work?”) Medrano joked in Spanish — before the men had a chance to use the bathroom or eat breakfast.
Medrano, founder and owner of CoCal Landscape, had spent more than $32,000 recruiting and securing visas for the Mexican migrants after scrambling to find any American willing to do backbreaking work under the Colorado sun.