YAKIMA, Wash. -- The first person to take the podium at G&G Orchards, before Mexican president Vicente Fox, was orchard owner Carmen Garcia.
She welcomed the president, and told him her business couldn't run without Mexican workers.
She said they're struggling with apple tariffs, and asked him to allow for free trade. Her husband, Rene, feels Fox took the message to heart.
"He was really sincere in what he was saying, I think he's going to help us with trade. And for immigration, I think he's gonna do something with Bush." says Garcia.
A tariff of up to 46% is imposed on some Washington apples. Garcia says he loses money sending apples to Mexico.