WORKING THE STREETS, Female Immigrants Hit the CornerUndocumented female immigrants are standing around a corner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as a first stop into the American dream. The stop, known in Spanish as La Parada, is an unofficial hiring-site on the corner of Marcy and Division Avenues. Most of the jobs they find here are cleaning America homes. These women represent an immigrant population that is at the very bottom of the food chain in a devastating economy.
Marcelino Negret, 44, is a male day laborer who waits for work very close to the female day laborer site. He explains the situation that bring the women here.
Miriam Logano came from Ecuador eight years ago in order to send money home to her three children back home. She is struggling to keep afloat a declining economy.
Bonfilia Balbaneda, 42, an undocumented mother of two, arrived in New York one-year ago. Listen to her describe the scene at the stop/ La Parada.
Bonfilia shares her experience as a newcomer to La Parada.
Bonfilia speaks about who she is.