It's Not a Good Place
Rogelio — In Tijuana, I lived for a year in El Bordo [a drainage canal along the U.S. border where many homeless people previously sought shelter]. I lost several jobs because I would get picked up by the police without identification. They don’t believe you’re going to work. They pile charges on you, lock you up for up to 36 hours. It makes make people seek shelter in El Bordo. It’s not a good place.
Everything happens in El Bordo — drugs, violence, death. What don’t you see? I thank God that nothing happened to me.
I stay in contact with my family only through text messaging and Facebook. Phone calls are too expensive. Flights from Nebraska where my family lives are even more expensive. Still, it is good for me to know how my family is doing, to hear from my children that they love me. You can’t know how it feels unless you live through it. It’s ugly, very ugly. It’s something I never expected.