America is still the land of opportunity for immigrants

I don't want to go on being just a root in the shadows,
vacillating, extended, shivering with dream,
down in the damp bowels of earth,
absorbing it, thinking it, eating it every day.

-Pablo Neruda from 'Walking Around'

Border issues in the news...

A roughly 70-mile expanse of desert, where rattlesnakes blend in with the rocks and Border Patrol trucks rumble by, ready to snare trespassers, stood between "Santiago" and his dream of a better life.

By age 16, he knew the small, Mexican town where he grew up had no jobs for him, and visas to work in the United States were scarce.

As a child, Santiago says he and his siblings lived with their grandmother because their parents couldn't afford a home. By the time he reached fifth grade, Santiago, who'd always been a good student, began missing classes regularly to work in the fields, earning what he could to help his family. He fell behind in his studies and dropped out to start working fulltime.

Read the full article by Christina Killion Valdez in the Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN