Hoyos, Melissa
May 2006
High Country News;5/15/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 9, p12
The article focuses on the impact of the issue of undocumented immigrants on Wendy Santana and her sister Erendira Santana, who were marked as illegal aliens in the U.S. The Santana sisters have lived in Pasco, Washington for 16 years, but until a few months ago, they were "illegal aliens" in the eyes of U.S. immigration law. Both, Wendy and Erendira are now reluctant to search for a job in the U.S. The jobs in the U.S. are out of reach for the sisters as they lacked Social Security numbers. Both the sisters, now flop on the ladders in the cherry and apple orchards, picking fruit for $3 to$4 per box. Even, when Erendira started looking into colleges, she realized that she would be unable to apply for financial aid because of the illegal alien mark. Both sisters still spend weekends in the fields with their parents, and do what they can to help out, like, cleaning the house and cooking meals. Although, both the sisters hope for seeing their birth home in Mexico for once, but none of them is planning to live in Mexico forever.


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