Undocumented: A life, a home and a family in the rural West

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Undocumented: A life, a home and a family in the rural West

What it’s like for one woman and her family in Trump’s America
Lucia Gaspar drops her kids off at Alamosa Elementary School with Valentine’s Day treats. After finishing her work day as a teacher’s aide in the special needs classroom of the local middle school, Gaspar often returns to volunteer in her children’s classes.
Lucia Gaspar delivers a Valentine’s Day gift to her partner, Javier, at the mushroom farm where he works. Agriculture forms the backbone of Alamosa’s economy, and without immigrants, many farmers would struggle to find enough workers.
Lucia Gaspar stands outside on the back porch of her house in Alamosa with her three kids, Erick, Anna, and Alexandra (holding Chiquis, their pet Chihuahua). In rural areas, 22 percent of DACA recipients, like Gaspar, were able to buy a house for the first time in their communities after being approved for the program.
The San Luis Valley is a high altitude basin in south central Colorado and northern New Mexico at the headwaters of the Rio Grande River. Prior to the Mexican-American War, the area was part of Mexico and reserved for the Utes and their allies. In the 19th century, Anglo settlers came to the region to farm and later, immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala.

Undocumented: A life, a home and a family in the rural West

Lucia Gaspar drops her kids off at Alamosa Elementary School with Valentine’s Day treats. After finishing her work day as a teacher’s aide in the special needs classroom of the local middle school, Gaspar often returns to volunteer in her children’s classes.
Lucia Gaspar delivers a Valentine’s Day gift to her partner, Javier, at the mushroom farm where he works. Agriculture forms the backbone of Alamosa’s economy, and without immigrants, many farmers would struggle to find enough workers.
Lucia Gaspar stands outside on the back porch of her house in Alamosa with her three kids, Erick, Anna, and Alexandra (holding Chiquis, their pet Chihuahua). In rural areas, 22 percent of DACA recipients, like Gaspar, were able to buy a house for the first time in their communities after being approved for the program.
The San Luis Valley is a high altitude basin in south central Colorado and northern New Mexico at the headwaters of the Rio Grande River. Prior to the Mexican-American War, the area was part of Mexico and reserved for the Utes and their allies. In the 19th century, Anglo settlers came to the region to farm and later, immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala.
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