Thursday, January 31, 2008



In the puebla of San Miguel Aquamente nearly half the population leaves every year, 800 people, to find work in the U.S. During my visit I met these two men who were walking down the road. They were the first men I had seen there all day. I stopped them to ask about the town and if they had ever been to the U.S. Miguel laughed and pointed to is baseball cap that he was wearing. He said that of course he has been there. He had worked there for several years in California. He moved around to various professions but enjoyed the food industry the best. He worked in a friend's taqueria just outside of L.A. Juan also worked in the U.S. for a short time. He got injured while working constuction and had to return to Mexico. Both men would like to go back to the U.S. because they feel there is no work for them in their town. They also want to build houses for their families.