Arvin is 20 miles south of Bakersfield and nearly all of its residents – 93 percent – are Latino. Many are undocumented field workers. Rumors of immigration raids have had a chilling effect on the city’s main street, Bear Mountain Blvd. “They used to have a lot of parties , gatherings and they don’t anymore. they’re afraid,” said Blanca Benavides, owner of a clothing shop on Bear Mountain Blvd.
Immigrant communities across California have been rattled by news of increased raids and detainments by the Trump administration. In Arvin, an agricultural town near Bakersfield, the fear is particularly intense. Locals there say everyday life is all about hiding in plain sight.
“They used to have a lot of parties, gatherings and they don’t anymore. They’re afraid,” said Blanca Benavides, who owns a clothing shop on Arvin’s main street, Bear Mountain Blvd.
Photos: Fear and anxiety in Arvin
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