Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mexico or America? A Couple, One of Them Undocumented, Weigh the Risks of Where to Live

By Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times
January 16, 2017

When Donald J. Trump announced he was running for president in a 2015 speech calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, Rachel McCormick declared to her husband, Irvi Cruz, “If he wins, we’re leaving.”

She was an American-born high school teacher from the Philadelphia suburbs; he was a doting stay-at-home father who had immigrated illegally from Oaxaca, Mexico.

The night after the election, sitting in their Harlem apartment, Irvi was confident about the move south.

“I need to start building something and I think if we wait longer it’s going to keep getting harder,” he said of the decade they had been together, all along believing that a policy would eventually be enacted allowing him to legalize.[...]

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