Mario Mendoza

Mario Mendoza

Manhattan, NY

As you know, the current anti-immigrant and undocumented immigrant media rhetoric is unbalanced with no immigrant response, because undocumented immigrants fear deportation.

I’d like to be the undocumented immigrant “poster child”, I think my story is especially impactful because I’m a result of the highly vetted 1986 IRCA under president Reagan (amnesty), the only one since then.

I am only interested in speaking up for and defending undocumented immigrants, as well as getting positive and inspiring stories of undocumented immigrants into the public domain/media.

Mario was born in El Salvador and emigrated from El Salvador to the US at 7 years of age in October of 1981. He crossed the US-Mexican border on foot with a “coyote” as an undocumented immigrant 24 hours after his Mother and Brother crossed on foot themselves, also with a “coyote”. The “coyote-in-chief” promised Mario’s mother that he would be driven across, in fact, that did not happen. Mario ran across, approximately 12 hours, around Tijuana airport and the desert. He has memories of running night and day across the desert, hiding and sleeping in desert trees and shrubs in order to take cover from helicopter surveillance. Read more at http://LifeUNdocumented.org

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