I had a great conversation with one of the locals here. He had spent some time in Chicago and California and we spoke of the United States.
â€œThe United States is a good place to earn money,â€ he said, â€œbut living there takes something from you. Here in Mexico, I am free. If I want to go hunting in the hills, I can go hunting in the hills. I donâ€™t need a license or special permits. I can do what I please and go where I please.â€
It was an interesting perspective. The U.S. is all about the idea of freedom, but this gentlemanâ€™s first complaint was that the U.S. kept him down. He felt that there were too many rules to follow and the rules restricted freedom enough that he had no real desire to go back.
â€œI donâ€™t think I can leave my family like this though,â€ he added, â€œI have four kids. Three daughters:16, 14, and 3. and one son, 6. Iâ€™d like to go north and earn some money to help them, but at the same time I need to be here. My youngest daughter is [sweet]. She runs up to me when I get home from work and shouts â€˜pappi pappi!â€™ and kisses my cheek. I donâ€™t think I could my family right now even to earn more money to help them.â€
The conversation then switched to Visas.
â€œI want to get a Visa for Vacation to the States but itâ€™s very hard. When I was in the United States before, I was there illegally. On the forms they ask where youâ€™ve lived for the last 10 years. I was in the U.S. in 2000. I canâ€™t lie. So Iâ€™ll tell them I was in the U.S. They may turn me down. I hope they let my daughters in. Some of my brothers and sisters are in the United States and Iâ€™d like my daughters to be able to see what itâ€™s like there.â€
I greatly enjoy chatting with foreigners about the U.S. Itâ€™s interesting to learn what the country looks like from the outside in.