Tag Archives: Jalisco

Construction Worker Sought A Better Future

My father, Emanuel was born in Jamay Jalisco, Mexico. At the age of 34 years old he decided to immigrate to the United States from Mexico. My father’s hobby was playing soccer but after he injured his foot he couldn’t really play anymore, he faced many struggles which is why he needed a better life in a different place that ... Read More »

Construction Worker Provides a Good Life

Jose Sahagun, 56, is a father of five children. I am lucky enough to be the youngest of those five kids and call him my father. Jose migrated from Jamay, Jalisco, which is a really small town near Guadalajara. He is now living in East Palo Alto, California as a construction worker for Anderson Pacific. Jose is a very hard ... Read More »

Manuel Looked for a New Life

As I was interviewing Manuel, 44, who was born in Jalisco, Mexico, I figured out things about his past and his life that could be the reasons that things are the way they are. Manuel has migrated from Mexico to California and currently lives in East Palo Alto. He likes to take his kids out and to provide them with ... Read More »

Cecilia Alvarez From Jalisco

My mother, Cecilia Alvarez, is 56 years old. She was born in a ranch named La Joya in Jalisco, Mexico. My mom migrated from La Joya in Jalisco to San Bruno, California in 1981. After that, she moved to Long Beach, California, back to San Bruno, and then she moved to East Palo Alto, California, where she currently lives. My ... Read More »

Risk and Hard Work Pays Off

…the smugglers kidnapped me and kept me in a garage in Santa Ana for about 3 weeks not knowing what they wanted to do with me… My father is Arturo Calvario and he was born on January 2, 1967 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. The following is from his memories in his point of view on his journey to the U.S ... Read More »

The “Promised Land” and Its Challenges

The person I chose to interview was my father, Enrique Aranda, who was born April 7 1977 in Jalisco, Mexico. He left Ahuisculco, the little town he lived in in Jalisco, when he was about 17 years old out of curiosity of the “promised land” and the opportunity he was given through music. Music is a huge part of his ... Read More »

Migration from Mexico: Homesick But Glad

Everything was so new and different. Nothing was the same as how it used to be back in Cihuatlan, Mexico. The warmth was not the same. The food did not have the same organic taste to it most of the food were all mostly processed. The city was big compared to Cihuatlan where there were only to streets that crossed ... Read More »

Claudia: Drowning in Doctor and School Bills

  Jalisco, Mexico. It’s a really beautiful state – where I live. My name is Claudia (name was changed). I am 25 years old. My family and I have a ranch that’s an hour away from the city. I just sometimes wished that I didn’t live like this. We didn’t have enough money to pay our bills.We had really bad jobs that ... Read More »

Isabel

I was born in Jalisco, Mexico to a 17 year old man and an 18 year old woman. Both of my parents were poor and my father dropped out of school so that he could financially provide for his family. My mother graduated high school but found few opportunities for employment in the small town in which they lived. My ... Read More »

Maria and Juan

Maria and Juan are two people who work for a local nursery. “We do it all: weeding, picking, making flower bouquets,” she said. They have worked for the same farm for twenty years now. She explained, “If you work here you pay less rent. Other people in town pay a lot more for houses that are in really bad condition.” ... Read More »

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