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Day Worker video aims to go 'beyond stereotypes'

Original post made on Jul 15, 2011

In an effort to share their stories with the community — and with help of a variety of local organizations — a group of migrant workers affiliated with the Day Worker Center of Mountain View has produced a short documentary about their experiences coming to and working in the United States.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 15, 2011, 12:00 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by Becky Sanders, a resident of another community
on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

Hey this article was great. Thank you Nick. It's so important to put a face and a story to a group of folks that are often marginalized and misunderstood. Check out for videos produced by Julio Navarette an intern here at the MC. There are three Day Worker shorts uploaded. One of which is about the blogging class they are taking!

Posted by Ed, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Oh please, what a load of garbage. Round up these illegals and throw them out of the country. This paper just panders to illegal immigrants and there cause and ignores the cost to the state and taxpayers.

Posted by RespectThe Law, a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm

These people thumb their noses at our laws. They come here without visas, drive without licenses or insurance, and take jobs from those here with a Visa or are Citizens.

Posted by Julio Rodriguez, a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm

We cannot have an honest dialogue on immigration if we continue ignoring the larger forces that drive migration. People migrate to flee persecution, civil wars, natural disasters, or economic shifts in their home country. Historically, immigration policies in the U.S., such as the “Chinese Exclusion Act" of 1882 or “Operation Wetback" in 1954, have been explicitly biased against particular nationalities. For centuries, generations of immigrants have come to America in search of a better tomorrow. Most importantly, this is the land of opportunity, where every individual should have a chance to succeed by his or her own merit.

Posted by Observer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm


Who is ignoring the forces that drive migration? Our immigration system is clear about how to migrate to this country legally and hundreds of thousands of people do it legally every year. Illegals obviously feel they have more of a claim to come here over others who patiently wait. You can't have a conversation when people are cheating behind your back.

Posted by kathy, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Nov 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

If any of you pundits honestly believe that a poor, uneducated person would be able to legally immigrate to the United States you are living in fantasy land. Does that give them the right to come here illegally? No, of course not. But can you blame them for trying? If you are living in poverty with no hope of a better life of course you will come here. It all comes down to economics and education. I am sure that there are no university educated Mexicans coming to the US illegally. The Day Worker Center serves a need and is an asset to the community, a far better alternative to the Home Depot model.

Posted by Rex, a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

And so the poor, uneducated US citizens are just supposed to move over and welcome them as they compete for the same jobs, resources, and welfare? And the US taxpayer is supposed to just sit by and be happy about the costs?

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