“It’s the dream of many undocumented people.”


Francisco Arellano spent the last Friday in the United States as much as he had spent more than 30 years. Surrounded by my family, I drank tequila and ate pambazo.

After he bought his home in Brighton Park, it became a family hub and everyone got together for special occasions and holidays. The family is so big that he installed a white tarpaulin canopy in the backyard and connected it to the garage to make room for the rally.

But the last reunion was different. When a loved one said goodbye to Allerano and his wife, Teresa Luis de Allerano, the usual laughter and chatter was accompanied by tears and hugs.

After living in Chicago for over 30 years, the two returned forever to Mexico’s beloved Michoacan. They could not return home even if their father died, fearing that they would cross the border with the United States without permission and lose the opportunity to give their children a fruitful future.

“Despite the pain of losing my father away from my mother, it was all worth it,” said Allerano, now 55, in Spanish on a phone call from Maravatio, Michoacan’s hometown. He is away from his loved ones, struggling to find a good job calmly, living in the shadows for fear of arrest and deportation, at the expense of saving as much money as possible. To celebrate this day, it mentions being and “everything we had to experience”. “

Allerano said he wanted to make sure he returned to Mexico while he was still healthy and young enough to enjoy the fruits of his work. Thanks to his painstaking work-it doesn’t offer luxury, but enough to get through comfortably-he was able to do it.

“Before I lost her, I was really anxious to meet my mother and spend time with her,” he added. “It’s the dream of many undocumented people.”

On January 15, Allerano and his wife departed from Chicago Midway Airport to Morelia, Mexico without a return ticket.

Since moving to Chicago, Allerano said he has worked towards his goals. Settle the children, build a house in Mexico, and save enough money to return to your hometown and retire. He always did it with his wife.

Allerano was also able to buy a home in Chicago. There, he hopes that his five children (the youngest 26 and the oldest 33) will continue to host family gatherings even if he is no longer here.

“It cost a lot of work and a lot of sacrifice,” he said.

Many migrants living in this country without permission take a long time to return, but few migrants can return for a variety of reasons. For some, it is difficult to save money and build fairness because they have low-paying jobs for immigrant status and often live from salary to salary. Others will establish family roots in the country and want to raise their children first.

“I know a lot of undocumented people who want to come back but don’t want to save money or don’t know how to save money,” Allerano said. “Others are afraid to invest or buy a home for their position.”

Allerano worked as a roofing contractor for a large company and saved enough money for the down payment by paying the down payment using the personal taxpayer identification number assigned by the IRS to taxpayers living in the country without permission 2000 I bought his house in the year.

He managed to get a loan “at a very high interest rate”, and he laughed, and only a few years ago he paid off his mortgage. This house is where four of his five children currently live. Some people are with their spouse.

“I left with peace of mind knowing that they were safe and healthy,” he said. They will all help their retired father by paying rent while living at home.

The couple emigrated to the United States in the late 80’s. Allerano remembers walking on the Tijuana hills in Mexico. “At that time, it was easy and much cheaper to go illegal,” he said.

His wife, also 55, recalls the hardships when the two first arrived in the Chicago area with their two eldest daughters. They settled in the Pilsen district and were barely enough to pay the rent to buy groceries. Allerano first worked in a warehouse, loading and unloading Des Plaines cigarette boxes for $ 4.25 an hour.

At that time, he realized that it would be difficult to get a car because he didn’t have a license or money and certainly didn’t have the proper documentation.

“Agility was essential to finding a good job, but I didn’t,” Allerano said. He used the bus for a while until he risked buying an old truck to pick up scrap metal.

But the money wasn’t enough. Finally, about five years after arriving in Chicago, he got a job at a life-changing roofing company.

“”Me puse las pilas“He said in Spanish. That is, he reflected and began to save money. “The labor was heavy and it was a long time, but it worked.”

For several years, Luis de Allerano tried to work, but eventually she became a housewife because the couple had no family to care for their children.

His son, Francisco Arellano Jr., learned the roof repair business as well as his father, as an example of a rewarding effort for his five children.

It was hard to say goodbye to my parents, but I’m proud and happy to be able to fulfill my dream of returning to my beloved town and living in Mexico. Francisco Jr. and two of his four sisters will visit as much as possible.

The youngest of the three, including Francisco Jr., are citizens. The two eldest daughters are protected from deportation under the postponement of their childhood arrival. They were brought to America by Allerano and his wife as a toddler.

Luis de Allerano said it was a difficult decision to leave Chicago forever because “my heart will continue to be divided.”

She reunited with her 80-year-old mother after not seeing her for 30 years, but she is away from her children and grandchildren.

“But I hope to come back someday,” said Francisco Arellano.

Over the years, the Arellano family wanted to have immigrant reforms that would lead to the legalization of Arellano and his wife, but “I couldn’t wait anymore,” Francisco Arellano said. Told. Now they want at least reforms to permanently modify the immigration status of their two eldest daughters.

“All presidents make promises and nothing happens,” Allerano said. He added that their only hope of returning home was whether one of the children of the citizens could help them settle.

But for now, they are happy.

In Mexico, his 76-year-old mother, brother, and dozens of other families welcome him and his wife with banda music, more tequila, and lots of food, like his farewell party. Did.

“Chicago was good for me,” he said.

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