The Hard Question for Immigrants in America


The story of Edith Rivera is one full of courage. Others would say that it’s the kicks of a dying horse. Edith Rivera lives in Hampton, Iowa. She has lived in the United States for over 18 years as an illegal immigrant as she has no legal status. Being only 33 years old, this means that she moved into the country at the age of 15 years. However, she still has an expired identification from North Carolina meaning that she doesn’t have a driving license. Despite these problems, Edith Rivera drives from work, and she is not afraid of being stopped by the police. She does not share the fears of other immigrants which include deportation. She is not even afraid of Donald Trump. In Franklin County, a new sheriff has promised to get rid of all immigrants. She is not afraid of this new sheriff. Edith Rivera says that the journey she has been through since she came to the United States is waning. After many years of running away from immigration officials, she says that has nothing to lose. In the year 2015, Jesus Canseco-Rodriguez who used to be her husband was deported. Following the deportation, Ms. Rivera resorted to selling everything she had with her husband.

This means that she sold their small business, their furniture and a truck they used to use with their business. Immigrants in rural America are facing the dilemma of maintaining the manhunt or just give up especially considering that rural areas are full of conservatives. As for Rivera, she has made up her mind, and she is moving back to Mexico. She says that this is the only way she can spend time with her family. Her son is 13 years old and was born in America. This action by Ms. Rivera is often referred to as self-deportation by American politicians. This kind of deportation has been on the rise in small towns that depend on agriculture and those that supported President Trump. These conservative Americans are turning on immigrants who helped revive their economy. As for Ms. Rivera, all she can hold onto are the good times she has had while she moved into the United States. She mentions that she is worried about her future and that of her family. In her home state of Veracruz, murders of civilians and rival gangs are all over the news. She still asks herself how her son will adopt in a country that he has never visited.


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