|The Flores Family
Pedro Flores spends a lot of time on buses
and even more time away from his family. He
has been separated from his wife, Ventura,
and their six children for the past 13 years,
seeing them only twice a year for short visits.
Pedro works as a meatpacker in Garden City,
Kansas. The Flores's six children, five girls
and one boy, live with Ventura on an impoverished
ranch near Guanajuato, Mexico—1,200
miles and a hostile border away from Garden
"I want to see my family. Sometimes when
I come home [to Mexico], I don’t feel
like going back up there. But out of necessity,
I have to go back."
Pedro lives as frugally as possible in a Garden
City boarding house, trying to save money
so that his family can legally migrate to
Today, Pedro is on his way home from work.
He hopes that when he returns, his family
will come to Kansas with him.
Family upon their arrival in Texas