Experiences of Immigration to Homestead, Florida
The interviews from Homestead tell the experiences of immigrants and their hardships in coming to the United States to find work in agriculture. There are five interviews with immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Cuba, and Haiti. The interviewees range in age from their 20s to late 60s, and all currently live in or near Homestead.
The interviews were collected in March of 2008 by Dr. Dena Scher as part of a service learning experience for the psychology course, Group Dynamics. Dr. Scher and students Tracee Anderson and Brenda Hobbs worked at the Open House Ministry tutoring in the after-school program and helping in the squash fields. All of the interviews were transcribed by Tracee Anderson.
Summary: Marygrove College professor Dena Scher interviews Mercedes Echevaria about her experiences coming to the United States from Cuba. Mercedes came to the United States via Mexico in 1968 when she was around ten years old with her mother and siblings. Mercedes' father came to the United States a few years before to find work earn enough money to bring his family.
Summary: Marygrove College professor Dena Scher interviews Nulca Lerebours about her experiences coming to the United States from Haiti. Nulca came to the United States in 1968 at age 26 with her husband. Nulca speaks about her journey from New York to Florida with her children, her involvement with the church and community, and how Haitians are living in Florida.
Summary: Marygrove College professor Dena Scher interviews Cosmae Perez about his experiences working the United States as a migrant. Cosmae was born in Mexico from Mexican American parents. After he quit school at the age of sixteen, Cosmae began to work - first locally and then as a migrant worker.
Summary: Marygrove College professor Dena Scher interviews Esperanza Perez about her experiences coming to the United States from Mexico. Esperanza's mother crossed into Texas while pregnant and gave birth so that Esperanza would be registered as an American citizen. Esperanza lived in Mexico and immigrated to the Unites States when she was nine. Esperanza talks about migrant work and how she met her husband, Cosmae, and their family.
Summary: Marygrove College professor Dena Scher interviews Freddie Rodriguez about his experiences coming to the United States from El Salvador. Freddie came to the United States in 1995 when he was seven years old with his siblings. Rodriguez's parents came illegally to the United States a few years before. In his first years in Florida, Freddie and his brothers were set apart by their language barrier, but they eventually overcame that obstacle.
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