Seattle Times

MEXICO CITY ? Ana Reyes walks briskly through a crowded neighborhood here, out of place among the provocatively dressed women of the night soliciting work in the middle of the day.

The 41-year-old mother of four slips through the entrance of a clothing store, its racks thick with the latest fashion, a sign on the door indicating the shop is hiring female assistants.

She approaches the manager about the job but is told it’s only for women 20 to 30 years old.

Manager Maria Inez elaborates when prompted: “A younger girl will be able to bring more male customers into the store. She’s too old.”

Ten months after she was picked up by immigration officers in an early-morning raid of her Burien home and soon deported to Mexico, Reyes ? jobless and broke ? struggles to eke out the barest existence in the dirt-poor barrios of one of the world’s biggest and most crowded cities.

After nearly two decades picking hops and fruit in Eastern Washington and cleaning hotel rooms near Seattle, she was among more than 870,000 Mexicans the U.S. government expelled from the country last year.

For all the attention illegal immigrants get in the U.S. ? from those who believe they’re a drain on social services to advocates who say they do the jobs Americans won’t ? little is known about what happens to them after they’re ushered by U.S. immigration authorities through revolving doors into Mexico’s border towns.

Once there, they get little help from their government. Many stay, others try to get back to their hometowns. For the most part no one tracks them ? not their government, or the U.S., or their advocacy groups in the states. They become largely forgotten ? along with the U.S.-born children they sometimes take with them.

Reyes’ two adult sons, Christian and Carlos Quiroz, whom she and her then-husband had brought illegally into the U.S. as little boys, were also returned to Mexico last year.

And with no family in the U.S., Reyes’ two American daughters, Julie Quiroz, now 13, and Sharise Hernandez, 6, have also joined her here.

Now, unable to find work in a city she left 18 years ago, Reyes shuffles between the cramped homes of a brother and a sister in neighborhoods so unsafe her children aren’t allowed outside to play.

Neither daughter is in school.

6 Responses to “The Sad Life Of Deported Mexican Invaders”
  1. DfD says:

    Roger Mahony says, “check with the Church there in Mexico City”. I’m sure they’ll help!!!

  2. DfD says:

    “I tried the hotel jobs and even when I tell them how much experience I have, I still don’t get called,” she said. “They say that someone younger will produce more than me.”

    Wait a minute there! She’s planning how to get back to America where she doesn’t have to produce as much??? I thought Tony Villar said these people have BUILT AMERICA…and America will crumble WITHOUT THEM!!!

  3. Matthew says:

    I am quite sure that mexicans in mexico have it way better than most other countries that are in poverty. poverty and the political corruption that drives it has gone on since the beginning of time and there is nothing I, we, us, anyone can do about it, unless of course you are george bush and you enslave your own citizens and strap them with the responsibility of not only their own family’s but several illegal alien family’s too. This implementation by bush and company hasn’t gone over to well with about 85% of enslaved American tax payers so I don’t think propaganda stories like this one here are taken to heart by the majority.

    This mexican destitution has become reality here in America and I will fight for my own family and Countrymen before I even think about some impoverished soul in another country. They have their own government to take care of them. If not, bush should try sanctioning those countries for humanitarian violations for keeping their citizens poor. Our government does it in the middle east and in the former soviet republic yet they are no threat to our sovereignty by being thousands of miles away. mexico is right down the street and they are stealing us blind.


  4. Angel says:

    I feel sorry for the American people who have done nothing to deserve this mass invasion of crime, poverty, job loss, wage depletion, counter-culture, etc.

  5. Durango24k says:

    No one likes to hear stories like this. It’s too bad the media never writes stories of Americans displaced by illegal aliens displaced in this country. Wouldn’t that be a change.

    It sounds like Mexico has some work to do in THEIR OWN COUNTRY so their citizens can live without fear. A good place to start would be the police, army & politicians.

    These sob stories wore then long ago. I think it was about the same time people like this lady, Ana Reyes, were marching in our streets demanding their rights and calling americans “racist”.

    All we hear about now is the “fear” these people live in. Fear to go outside, fear for the children to go to school, fear from the police, fear, fear, fear.

    From that to which they sow they have reaped. They are getting their reward for their actions just like Romans 13 vs 2 “Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so bring judgement upon themselves. FOr rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. DO YOU WANT TO BR FREE FROM FEAR OF THE ONE IN AUTHORITY? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, BE AFRAID, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. (vs 5)Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.”

    So there it is! Straight from the bible, the same bible the priests read. The priests who aid and abed these lawbreakers. Are you in fear? Then take it up with the Lord…I’m sure he will straighten you out. If you are obedientwhen you go back to where you came from he might even straighten out your countries crooked ways. Do hate the messenger, hate the message!

  6. stoney says:

    If conditions are so bad why is LaRaz not down there demonstrating for the poor workers rights as they do in this country.
    No sob articles will change my mind or make me feel that we should legalize every Mexican citizen just because they got in this country illegaly.
    While we are at it deport all businesses owner that hired them along with all politicians that support them and are doing their best to ram amnesty down USA citizens throat.

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