Immigrants struggle with illegitimacy
Elena Vega and Tony Freemantle
"Immigrant family in Lowell fears years of making a life in U.S. will end in deportation"
|Their dream was a small piece of land in Mexico City, a place to build a modest house, a refuge from the inner-city barrio where they made their living selling used handbags on the street.||It started on that bare apartment floor. They slept there, the family of four. Launched a new life from that Lowell floor. Found America there.|
|Their plans included Houston, but only as a temporary step. Francisco would come here for a year, make some money and return to Mexico City.||The Brazilian children, then 5 and 9, had an old mattress six months later, rising up from that foreign floor. Progress. Two years after that, the parents spent wages earned cleaning homes and delivering pizzas to lift themselves onto a mattress.|
|They never thought that eight years later they would be living in a small, neat apartment in southeast Houston, or that one of their children would be a U.S. citizen, or that having a share of the American Dream within their grasp could be so seductive, and so elusive.||Now, five years after they found that floor, they own a house in Lowell. The children have attended public school. The parents, in their early 40s, still deliver pizzas and clean homes for more money than they ever earned in Brazil. They pay taxes, have a credit card and speak some English.|
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