Diary of an Undocumented Immigrant

By Ramón "Tianguis" Pérez; Dick J. Reavis | Go to book overview

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

There was nothing today at KLVL. Nothing as well on the corner. At noon my insides begin reminding me of my obligation to feed them. Coins rattle around in my pants pockets: pennies, nickels and a dime. I haven't spent them because you can't buy much of anything with small change. Even if they're no good, however, it hasn't crossed my mind to get rid of them. They feel a little bit heavy in the bottom of my pocket and make me remember that as bad as things are, I'm not yet, as they say, without a penny to my name.

Sometimes, when I look at the coins, they remind me of when my father went to Juárez, Chihuahua on a bracero trip. He and two townsmen had paid in advance for the services of a coyote whose job was to influence the authorities that picked braceros to enter the United States legally as temporary agricultural workers. Three days after they'd paid the man, my Dad bought a newspaper just to have something to look at during the hours they spent waiting outside the contractors' offices. A picture he saw in the section of police reports alarmed him, and he called his two companions to have a look. The three looked at the photo of a cadaver lying on the ground. They immediately recognized the dead man, but they kept looking, trying to find an error. Finally, they decided that there was no cause for doubt. There in the newspaper was the name and photo of the coyote whom they'd paid three days earlier. The report said that three knife wounds had chilled him forever in the red light district.

The money they had wasn't enough for either hiring another coyote or for returning home. Soon they didn't have enough to pay the room in the boardinghouse where they were staying. Upon seeing them in such straits, the woman who owned the place softened her heart and let them sleep in a corner of her entryway. Their diet was reduced to tortillas with peppers in vinegar. On one occasion, they were able to buy only a bun of white bread. To keep from losing even a crumb, and so that all three would get an equal

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • From Oaxaca to the Rio Grande 7
  • Crossing the Border 9
  • Headed North 12
  • The Runner 15
  • The House of Juan Serna 22
  • The Robbery 29
  • The Rio Grande 32
  • From Houston to San Antonio 35
  • Texas 37
  • La Migra 43
  • To Houston 48
  • The Magnolia District 52
  • A Social Security Card 54
  • English Phrases 56
  • Abel 58
  • The Radio Station 61
  • The Peruvian 64
  • Like Father, like Son 68
  • Mojados 70
  • Hallelujah! 73
  • The Snake 78
  • Rent Sunday 83
  • San Antonio 87
  • The West Side 91
  • The Dream 94
  • The Printing Plant 96
  • La Mota 99
  • My Room 101
  • The Woman in the Street 103
  • A Car 106
  • The Waitress 112
  • The Cops 113
  • Low Rider 115
  • Dallas Night Life 117
  • The Work Week 123
  • The Cubans 126
  • Christmas 128
  • The Job Application 131
  • A Yuletide Tryst 133
  • The Carpentry Shop 136
  • Don Pancho 140
  • The Bossʹ Pet 143
  • Heavy Metal 147
  • Saying Goodbye 149
  • From L.A. to Oregon 151
  • The Uncle's Place 153
  • The Car Wash 155
  • Learning English 157
  • The Dog 159
  • Almost Among the Missing 161
  • The International Grapevine 164
  • Carnival Remembered 167
  • A Promotion 169
  • Life at the Apartment 170
  • Jaywalking 173
  • Idle Hours 176
  • Harvest Bound 178
  • In My Father's Footsteps 180
  • Ripon 184
  • Grapes and Tomatoes 189
  • Oregon 191
  • The Camp 195
  • Picking Cherries 198
  • A Sunday 201
  • The Women in the Bar 203
  • The Chinese Restaurant 206
  • The Workday 211
  • The Fender-Bender 213
  • The New Year 217
  • Fears of La Migra 218
  • Translations 219
  • Strange Bars 221
  • The Fight 223
  • The Labor Office 225
  • Going Home 227
  • The Simpson-Rodino Law 229
  • Deciding 232
  • Almost Home 234
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