Shane Falco

Source Notes #28 (Interview, Citizen)

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2009 at 5:51 am

Title: (Interview) Illegal alien, wanted to protect name.

Summary: I interviewed an illegal alien who works in the Eugene/Springfield area.  For the purpose of his protection, his name will remain anonymous.

Topic: Should employers be held accountable by the Department of Homeland Security for hiring illegal immigrants?

Category: Citizen

What is it? Live Interview
Location: undisclosed, Mar. 11, 2009 at 9.00 p.m.
Accessed: Mar. 11, 2009

Support: “Coyotes”, U.S. Customs and Border Control, Social Security, 9/11

” Coyotes” are a term that the immigrant referred to as people who accept cash in helping immigrants cross the U.S. borders.  With the aide of two “coyotes”, the first time the immigrant crossed the U.S. border in 1991, he and his family were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Control.   They were later deported to Tijuana.  A second attempted at crossing proved successful.  The immigrant talked about fraudulent documents (social security) he and his family obtain to provide employers so they can get jobs in the U.S.  He also mentioned that since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11th, life as an illegal in the U.S. have become increasingly m0re difficult.

Audience and Agenda:
The immigrant came to the U.S. with his two older brothers and his mother from Mexico City when he was only 5 years old.  The immigrant in now nearly 24 years old and fears that he will be deported back to a place that really isn’t his home.  He works nearly every chance he can, usually over 12 hours a day.


This was an extremely beneficial interview.  Only can you really grasp the struggle of an illegal immigrant after listening to his story.  When I asked him if immigrants would still flood to America if the Department of Homeland Security cracked down on employers, he said “yes”.  He said that Mexicans are a very determined people.  They will find a way to get a job in America, even if employers are closely monitored.  He talked about how he and his family obtained and use fake social security numbers in order to work in the U.S.  He said he would definitely pay a fine for breaking the law of illegal entrance in the U.S., as long as he could gain his citizenship.  He mentioned several times that the U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants.  He pointed out that the Southern United States used to be Mexico, and that that piece of land is of Mexican roots.  Overall, I learned a lot from this interview.
Works cited:
Jackson Mehl, anonymous immigrant

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