My story is pretty typical of many Mexicans who have come to America to find work, and send money back home to help other family members. Back in 1992, it was easy for migrant workers to come across the border to work in the fields for large companies. At first, I worked in Texas, then over the year have worked in a number of states.
I was actually detained by Immigration in 1993, and advised me I was in deportation proceedings, which meant I would have to go to see a judge about my status and whether or not I could remain in the US. However, because I was always moving, I never received the paperwork advising me of the exact time and place of the court. Years later, I learned that the case had been “administratively closed” since I was not personally served with the notice to go to court, and they did not have my address.