Skip to comments.Stay, Hide or Leave? Hard Choices for Immigrants in the Heartland
Posted on 08/14/2017 2:56:56 AM PDT by SkyPilot
Edith Rivera loved her life in Hampton, Iowa, but for many undocumented immigrants like her, this summer has been a season of fear or flight.
It was quitting time. Edith Rivera took one last lunch order, dropped off a basket of tortilla chips and set off from work, heading out to the farm roads where other immigrants feared to drive.
Like them, Ms. Rivera, 33, had no legal status in the country where she had lived for 18 years. She had no drivers license, apart from the long-expired North Carolina identification she held safe, like a talisman, in her wallet.
But as she skimmed past the northern Iowa cornfields on her way to her son Stevens seventh-grade track meet, she did not share other immigrants fears. Not of being pulled over. Not of raids or deportation. Not of the man in the White House. Not of the new Franklin County sheriffs quest to make sure this rapidly diversifying community of hog barns and egg farms would never again be known as an immigrant sanctuary.
Her American journey was waning, and she had little left to lose.
Her husband, Jesús Canseco-Rodriguez, was already gone deported to Mexico in 2015. Ms. Rivera had jettisoned their apartment and sold off what the family had built here in Hampton: their small business power-washing hog barns, Mr. Cansecos work truck, their furniture.
Now, at this tense juncture for immigrants and their adoptive hometowns across the conservative swaths of rural America, Ms. Rivera planned to sever one last tie. She was returning to Mexico and to her husband with Steven, 13 years old and American-born.
Some politicians call it self-deportation. She called it her familys only hope of being together.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
You have a country - yours. Go back to it.
They are not the same
There is not even a mention of the other side of the argument. Not even one.
This is journalism today. It’s advocacy.
They are not. They are engaged in illegal behavior, and are foreign born Invaders.
It would be akin to calling men who rape women "Pre-Marriage License Husbands."
It is an affront to decency and an assault on the language, and the truth.
As it should be - why did you wait 2 years?
They are not immigrants.
They are illegal aliens.
They made their bed. They can lay in it.
You’re right of course - she wasn’t an immigrant when she broke in. She was an illegal alien. She still is. The word immigrant describes a lawful process of coming from another country to live here.
They're ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!
NEVER use leftist terminology.
Here, let me help you with that...
More conflating of immigrants with illegal aliens.
Her husband committed ID theft, used a stolen SS number. He was a criminal.
+2. I vote leave also.
I was just stating what the article said.
My post was just showing the usual dishonesty of the slimes and MSM.
Mexico needs a $15 per hour minimum wage.
They put illegals like this in the news. Why don’t they profile more of the ms13 types? What about other violent offenders?
What about immigrants on welfare? That is a more realistic profile.
(To be fair, that part of Iowa had a lot of similar towns- Belmond, Humboldt, etc.)
Now Hampton is roughly half foreign-born, Walmart and Mason City took the stores, much of the old Highway 3 traffic is down on a four-lane US 20, and there is one mega-railroad that basically roars through town on the one remaining bit of track. The surrounding farmland is now in the hands of a much smaller number of large landowners... many of whom are/were invested in the confinement facilities that hired illegals beginning in the 1980's... that was when guys like Austin ("Jack") DeCoster tapped into the old Iowa farmers' Achilles heel: greed.
Fewer farms, fewer farm families... the small town goes to hell.
No quarter for criminals.
Hre's a message from an "adoptive hometown":
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