Chasing the Boyfriend
Diana – I was born in Texas. I lived in the U.S. my whole life for over forty years. I came to Tijuana for the love of the man, chasing the boyfriend. He got deported. I’ve been here for over two years, working in a car wash in a parking lot. It’s a way to survive. It’s hard to find work here. They want young girls, 20 to 30, and if not they won’t hire you. You’re on your own.
It’s very hard to live here. You don’t make enough money, compared to minimum wage in California. You make five to ten dollars a day here. It’s enough to eat and to rent your own room. Never enough to go to the disco or dress nice like a movie star.
The saddest thing that I see from these deportations is that the government is not looking at the children that are affected. Children get very traumatized. I see a lot of dads here. They shed a lot of tears. They talk about their kids that they haven’t seen in years, and they wonder if their kids still like them as a father. It is so sad. I hear these stories every day from all of my buddies.
I have been trying to be strong. You have to hold on. It’s a struggle here every day. You can get stuck here in Tijuana.