Immigration Crisis at the Border hits home for some in the Tristate

Recent struggles at the border are hitting home, for some in the tri-state. Grisel Barajas and Pilar Tirado are two women who live and work in Evansville.They say leaving their home countries was a hard decision but, it’s one that afforded them a better life. Grisel Barajas hosts a Latino radio show in Evansville. Her family migrated from Mexico when she was nine years old.

“I mean there’s so much underneath the surface that people don’t know about coming here”, says Barajas.

Barajas says they came with a visitor visa; which later expired.

“We were illegal for a long time before we became legal”, she adds.

The family worked odd jobs to pay for lawyer fees and trips to the immigration office.She feels like one of the fortunate ones when she sees the immigration struggles at the border.

“Legal issues have consequences and I understand that we need to pay for our consequences, however I don’t think that we’re necessarily doing it in the most just way”, says Barajas.

Some Latinos in the River City remember their own plight for a better life. Pilar Tirado is one of them.

“We came to the United States to live in freedom and to live without fear”, Tirado says.

Tirado is a legal immigrant from Venezuela. She went through the official process and is expected to become a U.S. citizen in four years.
Tirado says with so much violence, a lack of jobs, and a socialist government there was no way to stay in her country.Both Tirado and Barajas say what is going on now is a problem for both the families and the system.

“I know that it’s not right to go in that way because you are breaking any kind of laws, you come in illegally, I just think of those mothers who are sending their kids without them. How hard it has to be for them.”, Tirado added.

“I’m biased in both ways because I’m sensative because I’m a story and I’m a person, I’m not just a number, I could’ve easily, if my parents couldn’t have gotten us Vistor Visas, maybe we would’ve been the family that crossed the desert!”

Both women are very active within the hispanic community here in Evansville. They say this is as much their home now and want to do everything they can to be productive citizens.

Report by Fadia Patterson

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