In addition to agricultural work, migrants care for our yards, raise our
children, repair our cars, build our houses, cook and clean for us, and until recently, they made much of our clothes. And, no, they don’t take our jobs away. There is no police force stopping us, U.S. citizens, from going to the “pizca” of chile, orange, cotton, grapes, apples and cherries. Nobody stops us from working as maids, babysitters and gardeners. Nor do we have to hide from “la migra” on the way to landscape someone’s yard, babysit a child, or clean someone’s toilet. Also, “la migra” doesn’t show up to deport us on pay day. I have yet to hear from an American citizen who went to work in the fields and was told: “No! You can’t work here. You aren’t a Mexican”.
So, through this collection, we may learn a little about the migrant
experience, directly from the migrants. Hopefully, after learning about them, we may be able to say: “Thank you for risking your lives to come here to grow our food, raise our children, build our homes and care for them. Thank you for landscaping our yards and sewing our clothes. Thank you and welcome. Is there anything that we can do for you?”