The border between Mexico and the United States has witnessed millions of individuals crossing to and from each country. Migration involves the (more or less) permanent movement of individuals or groups across symbolic or political boundaries into new residential areas and communities (Marshall, 1998, p. 415). Some cross for travel experiences, some cross for quick visits to see relatives, and others are crossing the border to improve their quality of life. From a negative point of view, some pay an absurd amount of money to "coyotes" to smuggle themselves and family members across the border, and some cross to smuggle narcotics for the drug cartel. This case study ethnography focuses on how government issues have a spiraling effect on immigrants trying to make a living in America, with a special focus on immigrant's experiences working in day labor sites in America, a solution, and a resolve.
The first person I spoke with to get a little bit of insight on Mexican immigration was Grandma Soria, my wife?s grandmother. She was born in Durango, Mexico and when she was five years old her mother passed away. She was left living with her two brothers, a sister and her father. Even back in the 1920?s, Grandma Soria said that it was difficult to make a living in Mexico and her family immigrated to Luboc, Texas. She only attended school up until the third grade because her entire family unit had to work together in the cotton fields in order to make enough money for rent and food. Because of her limited schooling, she had to teach herself the English language. Her family traveled often to find work and spent many hours in fields to earn only a few cents a day. She actually met her husband working in a cott...
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