October 3, 2011
"You might say I was a 'wet bottom'," he laughed.
My friend, whom I will call Juan, was articulate, brilliant, and a U.S. citizen. He had been born in Mexico and had risen to be the ranking Hispanic officer of a major American labor union. When I met him, some 40 years ago, we each had (separate) grants from the Ford Foundation on migration matters.
It was a private conversation, and I had asked him how he had first come to the U.S. Read more...