Episode 39: 1959—Winds are changing
….Past noon, Lalo sat on a wooden bench in the corridor room reading from El Mundo newspaper. The headlines painted a grey picture on the economic situation of Mexicali. No hope for improvement. Lalo knew it first hand. He had been struggling long enough to find work to support his family with two children. Without a glint of hope, how can I stay in this town? he wondered. Add to that, waiting for the late Descontón’s cohorts to come through the driveway with guns blazing. He threw the newspaper down and yelled at his young wife in the adjacent living room, “Candida! There’s nothing left for us to do here anymore. Let’s go North. We can join my other brothers over there.”
….(although he was born in 1929 in Superior, USA, he was registered as born in Mexico because our mother was 20 at the time; thus, a minor under US law).
Getting immigration papers to the USA wasn’t difficult as long as one could obtain a work letter and a letter of support from a friend or relative. To his surprise, the US Consul responded within a few days giving him 60 days to present himself with the required documentation….