Aging Between Two Worlds — Hispanic, Old and Poor on the Texas Border

Yolanda Gonzalez Gomez – New America Media – Friday, 22 March 2013 (originally published 18 Mar)

Guadalupe Tobia and daughter Cristel
Guadalupe Tobias with her daughter Cristel. Image: Yolanda GonzGales Gomez

Tambien En Español BROWNSVILLE, Texas–Guadalupe Tobias did not live a drastic change when she emigrated to South Texas more than four decades ago and decided to take root in one of the poorest regions of the United States. There she has lived for most of her 75 years.

As a young woman, Tobias was one of the thousands of Mexican laborers crossing into the U.S. to work in “la labor,” picking crops in the Rio Grande Valley and returned to their villages at the end of the season until the next harvest time.

However, more than 40 years after her arrival in the U.S., Tobias said, “I feel good, I’m very happy with my 12 children, and I have no worries at all.” She said this despite having diabetes, requiring a daily dose of insulin injections; having a heart pacemaker; and living with the effects of a spine injury . . .

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