May 17, 2011

Immigration Reality: Border Crossings

An excellent story of the real challenges faced by undocumented immigrants in attempting to gain legal status.

Border Crossings | Santa Cruz Good Times: "A long journey from undocumented immigrant to legal resident

When Samuel Garcia first came to the United States in 1999, he paid a “coyote” to help him sneak over the U.S.-Mexico border. In the middle of the night, he crossed the Sonora Desert into Arizona with hopes of finding better paying work than was available in his hometown in Oaxaca.

On April 19 of this year, Garcia became a legal U.S. resident. He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and 1-year-old daughter—both U.S. citizens. However, Garcia’s path from undocumented immigrant to legal resident has been difficult and complicated, not unlike the experience of many other immigrants to California."

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