TUCSON, Arizona – One of the only things Nancy Avila remembers from her childhood in Mexico is being close to her family there. When she was seven years old, her parents brought her from Mexico City to Arizona.
“I arrived in the USA on the fourth of July,” Avila told Al Jazeera. “There was fireworks and parties everywhere, so I remember thinking that this was what life here was like. I was really amazed. But then, to my disappointment, the next day everything was normal again and the fireworks were gone from the streets.”