Not happy to be here
A story out of Wisconsin highlights a little-covered angle of the immigration debate, that of the unhappy immigrant who longs for home:
"When I decided to come here with my boyfriend, my first thing was to send the money to my family, to try to make a better life for my father and my mother. It's why I'm working all the time," said Efigenia Juarez, who works at La Concha and also uses its money transfer services to help support her family in Mexico. "I try to send money every month." [. . . ]
While it's not always easy to come up with the couple hundred dollars she sends her family each month, Juarez doesn't think of it as sacrifice.
Instead, she thinks of her father, who works 12, sometimes 16 hours a day, and still the money is never enough.
She thinks of her mother who says, "If you don't send money, that's OK. We can always eat beans."
And she thinks of her 14-year-old daughter, whom she hasn't seen in nine years.
"I feel like I lost all the best time with my daughter," said Juarez, 35, who's been in the United States about a decade. "But mostly we are all here for the same reason, for to help our families."
Juarez said she hopes one day to reunite with her family in Tlaxcala, Mexico, but she doesn't know when that will be.
"It's hard to make a decision when you know all your family is dependent on the money you send," she said. "The money I send makes a lot of difference."
— “Money train runs from here to Mexico,” posted May 5 at the Wisconsin State Journal website at