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August 3, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Victor Lopez worked hard for the good life he built in Santa Ana during the past four years--a family, a well-paying job, a mortgage, a car. But it all came crashing down last February when, returning from his mother's funeral in Mexico, he was caught trying to cross the border with a counterfeit passport. Ensnared in a crackdown on illegal immigration, Lopez spent two weeks in an INS holding facility and was deported with a stern warning: Try it again and you'll do time in prison.
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August 4, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a haggard neighborhood of rental houses and faceless apartment buildings, of rusting shopping carts, produce trucks and litter blown against chain-link fences, the rebirth of a dying Mexican village began. Here, near 1st Street and Grand Avenue in the heart of Santa Ana, the first people from Granjenal settled 35 years ago, after two decades of following crops around the American Southwest under the U.S.-sponsored bracero program.
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NEWS
August 4, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a haggard neighborhood of rental houses and faceless apartment buildings, of rusting shopping carts, produce trucks and litter blown against chain-link fences, the rebirth of a dying Mexican village began. Here, near 1st Street and Grand Avenue in the heart of Santa Ana, the first people from Granjenal settled 35 years ago, after two decades of following crops around the American Southwest under the U.S.-sponsored bracero program.
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August 4, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a haggard Orange County neighborhood of rental houses and faceless apartment buildings, of litter and rusting shopping carts, the rebirth of a dying Mexican village began. Here, near 1st Street and Grand Avenue in the heart of Santa Ana, the first people from Granjenal settled 35 years ago, after two decades of following crops around the American Southwest under the U.S.-sponsored bracero program.
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August 3, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To remind himself that he is not forgotten, parish priest Javier Castro keeps a 3-foot-tall trophy from the Orange County Soccer League at the foot of his desk. His boys won the championship in 1992. They carried their prize 1,500 miles back to this picturesque farming town in northern Michoacan state, handed it to Castro and celebrated for a week. Then they went home to Santa Ana, where so many of Granjenal's people have gone.
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August 3, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To remind himself that he is not forgotten, parish priest Javier Castro keeps a 3-foot-tall trophy from the Orange County Soccer League at the foot of his desk. His boys won the championship in 1992. They carried their prize 1,500 miles back to this picturesque farming town in northern Michoacan state, handed it to Castro and celebrated for a week. Then they returned to Santa Ana, where so many of Granjenal's people have gone. The priest pats his memento and sighs.
NEWS
August 4, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a haggard Orange County neighborhood of rental houses and faceless apartment buildings, of litter and rusting shopping carts, the rebirth of a dying Mexican village began. Here, near 1st Street and Grand Avenue in the heart of Santa Ana, the first people from Granjenal settled 35 years ago, after two decades of following crops around the American Southwest under the U.S.-sponsored bracero program.
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August 4, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every Saturday morning, Ramon Guillen, who left Granjenal 11 years ago at the age of 12, weeds, waters and cleans the graves of two younger brothers at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. His brothers, Rolando and Leonardo, were gunned down on Santa Ana streets in 1994 and 1995, during the height of gang violence in the city. A cousin, also killed by gang members, is buried nearby. "I tried to talk to them," he said of his brothers, "but it's impossible to change someone if they don't want to listen.
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August 4, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every Saturday morning, Ramon Guillen, who left Granjenal 11 years ago at the age of 12, weeds, waters and cleans the graves of two younger brothers at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. His brothers, Rolando and Leonardo, were gunned down on Santa Ana streets in 1994 and 1995, during the height of gang violence in the city. A cousin, also killed by gang members, is buried nearby. "I tried to talk to them," he said of his brothers, "but it's impossible to change someone if they don't want to listen.
NEWS
August 3, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Victor Lopez worked hard for the good life he built in Santa Ana during the past four years--a family, a well-paying job, a mortgage, a car. But it all came crashing down last February when, returning from his mother's funeral in Mexico, he was caught trying to cross the border with a counterfeit passport. Ensnared in a crackdown on illegal immigration, Lopez spent two weeks in an INS holding facility and was deported with a stern warning: Try it again and you'll do time in prison.
NEWS
August 3, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To remind himself that he is not forgotten, parish priest Javier Castro keeps a 3-foot-tall trophy from the Orange County Soccer League at the foot of his desk. His boys won the championship in 1992. They carried their prize 1,500 miles back to this picturesque farming town in northern Michoacan state, handed it to Castro and celebrated for a week. Then they went home to Santa Ana, where so many of Granjenal's people have gone.
NEWS
August 3, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To remind himself that he is not forgotten, parish priest Javier Castro keeps a 3-foot-tall trophy from the Orange County Soccer League at the foot of his desk. His boys won the championship in 1992. They carried their prize 1,500 miles back to this picturesque farming town in northern Michoacan state, handed it to Castro and celebrated for a week. Then they returned to Santa Ana, where so many of Granjenal's people have gone. The priest pats his memento and sighs.
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