The Family Generation of Immigration
When one goes to a new country, it is hard to give up their native country. In many Mexican villages, there has been generations of family who illegally immigrated to the US. What had started out as a big happy village family in a rural village of Mexico but available now become almost a deserted village.
In Silva’s family, they slowly started to think of new alternatives that laid in the US. Silva was the oldest member in his family and he had been to the US before. The first time that he went to the US was because of a program that needed workers from Mexico. After the program had ended in 1962, Silva went to the US illegally with his son and daughter and took the risky chance of getting caught.
His efforts to come to the US were well awarded because he had managed to get a job in Washington. Silva arrived in Washington by accident, but he had gotten a job as a fruit picker in Yakima county. There he worked for almost 14 years, leaving his family behind in Mexico.
After working and staying away for so long, Silva decided that it was time to go home. He packed up the supplies of small animals, money, and other things that he had earned in 14 years, and proceeded to trek the journey home.
When he got home, Silva realized how lonely it was. Only his latest wife had stayed in Mexico, whereas in Washington, his children were already there picking fruits and giving birth to his grandchildren. There were no one left in Silva’s family to tend to the house that his father had gave to him. Only the first remaining generation stayed in Mexico, and in Washington, the rest of Silva’s family tree was taking form there.
For the second generation of Silva’s family, his son and daughter had grown so used to the way of life in Washington. There was better pay, better food, and technology that their village had lacked. They were also enamored with the idea of education that they could use for their children. When living in a country that is full of opportunities, it is hard to go back to your home country where there is no boundless opportunities that you can explore.
Mapes, Linda. “In Pajacuarán, two houses: one lonely, one empty.” Seattletimes. 2006. 24
Jul 2006 <http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/mexico/stories/mex1a.html>.