Sigifredo — I arrived in the United States at the age of 12. Now that I’m here in Tijuana, I feel like a stranger in my own country. I don’t understand the bureaucracy here. If Mexico was more welcoming, if the country extended its hand to the immigrant, many of us would not end up using drugs, or selling drugs, or prostituting ourselves because of desperation.
I’ve been here 3 years. I’m 37 now, and I can’t get ahead. I don’t sell drugs but I have thought about it, to tell you the truth. I’d love to have a house [by the beach]. But why risk it? Six months of [living in luxury] to spend the rest of my life in jail?