Migrants in New York Are Grateful for Help. But They Want to Work.
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The migrant workers in our country are an ever-evolving population — and the stories they tell are changing as well.
Every year, roughly 800,000 people cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Most of them are young people, mostly between 18 and 24 years old.
“I’m 29 and a single mom,” says a young woman with a hijab from South Central L.A. who goes by the name Noe. “I have 3 kids and they are my whole life. I want to finish school. I want to be able to provide for my kids and have my own life, and I want to do something with my life,” she says.
A week after the U.S.-Mexico border reached record numbers of illegal crossings in May, the Trump administration proposed new rules to further restrict migration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
This spring, President Trump signed an executive order and a presidential memorandum requiring the Department of Homeland Security to create a new category of migrant workers — and the Department of Labor to use its “specialty occupations” system to add additional jobs. The new rules, which would add more than 50,000 jobs to the country as a whole, were already supposed to take effect in July.
When we spoke with the migrants and other workers in this story, many expressed hope for the new rules — that migrants would be treated better, and that it would help them work, raise their children and give them stability.
But many of the young migrants in this story voiced anger with the administration and President Trump, which they say has made life in the United States harder for them.
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When Maria, 25, came to the U.S. eight years ago, she worked as a housekeeper for a wealthy family in Beverly Hills. She lived with her younger sister and mother, who is now married to a Mexican man. But she missed her parents, who she told us have always helped them financially, and even helped their wedding.
She also missed having a normal