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Roundtable at Nuevo Leon

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Roundtable at Nuevo Leon

The Nuevo Leon restaurant is a landmark in Chicago 's Pilsen neighborhood.  We went there and spoke with three Mexican immigrants about their different experiences and their connections back home. 

Analia Rodriguez is originally from Vincente Guerrero, it's in northern Mexico in the state of Durango .  She came to the U.S. when she was 17 after her father got green cards for her the rest of her family. She's 29 now. Analia went to Columbia College for photography and now teaches photography in Chicago Public Schools.

Luis is 31 and originally from Mexico City .  He's undocumented and came to the Chicago 9 years ago with the hopes of attending a university in the U.S.   But as an illegal immigrant not fluent in English, he found this tough to do.  He now works in a restaurant in Chicago .

Also joining us was Teresa Lopez.  She's also from Mexico City .  She's a long time waitress at Nuevo Leon .  Teresa has been living in the U.S. for 33 years and became a citizen in 1985.  She says that she came to the U.S. for better wages and because it is less dangerous here. 

Both Analia and Luis want to someday return to live in Mexico , but Teresa says she's here to stay.  Analia explains why so many Mexicans in the U.S. want to go back or retire there.

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