From Interactive Journalism:
Jose arrived in the U.S. seven years ago from El Salvador. He walked from his home country to Mexico City, and then to the border, where he crossed by himself.
Jose is a day laborer. He works in construction whenever a contractor needs him, which means, in this economy, that he may stay without working for two weeks or more.
Currently he lives in a rented room in the Bronx, but there were times when he didn’t have money to pay any rent. During those days he slept in parks or shelters.
This is where the American Dream is possible, people said. Jose is skeptical about it. Nevertheless, going back to El Salvador is not an option. “Things are even worse over there.”