Marizco, Michael
May 2006
High Country News;5/15/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 9, p6
The article focuses on the ordeals faced by Carlos Alvarez, a 27-years old from Nayarit, Mexico, in his journey across the Arizona desert. According to Alvarez, one has to face dust, flies and a hazardous journey across the Arizona desert. He had to pull the cactus spines which stuck to his face during the journey, for a week after he arrived in Phoenix, Arizona. Alvarez went to Arizona, like many other Mexican workers with a dream to earn and save, so that he can build a house back home and get his wife along with his children. But, for that he has to face a difficult journey across the Arizona desert. The temperature in Arizona is as high as 87 degrees. Two gallons of water lasts scarcely a day in the desert. The van in which Alvarez traveled along with his two companions, was over crowded. Only dust and mud could be seen outside the van. Despite of all the troubles which Alvarez had undergone while traveling across the Arizona desert, he has no plans to stay in the United States for long. He did not even intend to seek legal authorization to work in the United States.


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