Immigrant Gives Up American Dream For New Dream In Mexico

Before entering Mexico, leaving the U.S. for good, Jorge Lerma takes this photo. Lerma, 32, was an undocumented immigrant for nearly half his life before deciding to return home for better opportunities. (Jorge Lerma)

Jorge Lerma came to the U.S. on a tourist visa and stayed — illegally — for 16 years. He lived in Seattle and tried to make a go of it, but could not. So he moved back to Mexico.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Liz Jones of KUOW brings us his story. This is the second part of a two-part conversation. See the first part here.


  • Liz Jones, reporter for KUOW, covering immigration, diversity and general news. She tweets @KUOWLiz.
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