Recently at El Comedor migrant dining hall/aid station in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, there appeared a frightened man with a New York accent. He had been caught up in a raid by I.C.E. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) at a Yonkers, N.Y restaurant where he was a chef. Deported immediately without identification or money, he spent a month in a detention center.
The gentleman had been brought to the U.S. as a baby. He is bilingual, a high school graduate and was attending a community college. Given a list of possible job opportunities in Nogales by Comedor hosts, it is greatly hoped that his luck will soon change. By Judith Whipple