Mixed Messages: Almita Miranda

by Sean Hargadon

The plight of mixed-status families is more than an academic interest for Almita Miranda. It’s her history.

Her grandfather came to the United States from Guerrero, Mexico, as part of the Bracero Program, which allowed millions of Mexicans to cross the border for temporary work. Her parents were undocumented migrant workers in the late 1970s and legalized their status after the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Miranda ’08 was born in Chicago, but her father “continued to travel back and forth to Mexico with the hope of one day bringing the entire family back to Guerrero. But after Mexico’s economic crisis in 1994, he decided to keep the family in Chicago permanently.”