All kinds of people walk into our office asking for all kinds of things – translations mostly, but a few apostilles and birth certificates. Preparing forms for citizenship, etc…
It is our first day to be truly open, instead of half-open, so we had just enough visitors to keep our spirits high but not so many as to be overloaded. Eventually, this has to be a volume business.
People with legal problems, well, we take all their information and pass it to real lawyers. We’re intermediaries, problems solvers.
I thought I had heard everything until a dude (from Los Mochis, Sinaloa) walked in asking for informal advice (and seeking a job).
He had been living in Phoenix for 11 years with no papers, as a security guard for a grocery store (which was his last job, and he proudly showed us his company ID card).
But then he took a vacation to southern California to visit relatives on the border.
Maybe he got on the wrong bus. Or maybe he did not get off the bus on time. It was night time. The bus actually crossed the international line from the US to Mexico, as some buses do, and he found himself in Mexico, stuck.
Is this the first known case of an accidental self-deportation?
This was a few months back. Since then, he has visited all of his family and was key in resolving family problems.
All part of a larger plan?