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  • Fidel Garcia emigrated from Puebla, Mexico to Brooklyn, New York 30 years ago. He explains how life is different in the United States from Mexico and how things have changed in his adoptive country;

    "My life here for 30 years has been different from in my country in good ways. I have many opportunities, I have sick benefits and insurance all good for me. This country is powerful and good but this is for me. I don’t know for others. I can think for me, America is America.

    I have never needed benefits from the government because I was working all my life. But now I get my check from Social Security.

    Life in Mexico, there is a lot of poverty, there aren’t many benefits. Who knows how it has changed now? Since it’s 30 years since I left Mexico. And I haven’t been back. I haven’t been able to leave here. But I can’t speak bad of my country.

    I think in this, it has changed, because how I was living the people have turned very negative and I don’t know why. Very negative. Thinking negatively. And I don’t think it is so. America is America. They have to look for more work. If I don’t have money, I have to look for work. But if I want to obtain something easily, it’s impossible. Here you can’t do this, but many people are to this, the easy way. I never was inclined to this. I think it’s the same. Some people think it’s bad here now, but I don’t think so…

    There may be other people who can say more because they’re not me, but even so, of my people, I need to say the truth. And not only Mexico, this happens in all of Latin America. They are changing to this, and the reason? Who knows?"
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