They look like they’re happy, but I know that inside they’re worried. Inside you are thinking: How am I going to cross? Will I get there? Will I make it? That’s why I took this picture: They look like they’re happy but I know that inside, each one of us is worried.
Parece que están felices, pero yo sé que por dentro están preocupados. Por dentro están pensando: ¿Cómo voy a cruzar? ¿Lo voy a lograr? Por eso tomé esta foto: parece que están felices pero yo sé que por dentro cada uno de nosotros está preocupado.
Sometimes they would give me work and I would clean their house and they would give me a bit of money. I would not buy anything for me. It would be all money I sent for my kids.
A veces me daban trabajo y yo les limpiaba la casa y me daban un poquito de dinero. Yo no compraba nada para mi, todo era dinero que enviaba para mis hijos.
I get up at 6 am, and I get the kids ready to go to school, and then my work starts at 7. I cook for the migrants who come to the Comedor. Sometimes it’s eggs with chili, or zucchinis, rice, beans, whatever there is to make, because everything here is from donations. I do this with love because everybody who comes here after being deported
reminds me of when I got here after being deported. I was one of them. I was and I still am a migrant here in Nogales, but I’m now established here. We now live here and work at the Comedor.
And this is the smallest one [of your kids] that…?
Armando: Yes, this is the smallest one, and we brought them all after a year and three months we could bring them here. They started going to school. He was first in the child care, and now he’s in kindergarten. Here, here he’s ringing the bell so they’ll open the door so he can go into the kindergarten.
Armando: Well this is where I’m taking the kids to school. That is the routine that we have now. We get up at 6 or 6:15 in the morning, 6:20, and Mariana gets the kids ready, gets them ready for school and makes their lunch box. And I bring her, drop her off here at El Comedor, and I take the kids to school.
Do you take them in the car or do you walk with them?
So how do you feel about spending the night in this place that is not your home?
Well, once you’re finally there you’re okay, you relax because you’re safe, it’s in a safe place and nobody can hurt you. And then you can sleep, okay. The only thing is if you try to make noise or start a problem they kick you out.
How do you feel that this is your home these days?