HuffPost Voces/New America Media, News Analysis, Yolanda Gonzalez Gomez, Posted:Dec 26, 2012
Photo: Paula and Manuel Cisneros (Yolanda Gonzalez Gomez/HuffPost Voces)
DALLAS, Texas–For Paula and Manuel Cisneros, every day is a challenge of survival. At 73, he cuts and bag cactus to sell on the street to pay for basic expenses and she is looking for a job. A peaceful retirement for them just looks like a very distant dream.
“Aging is very easy, but to do it with dignity and wellness is not that easy,” said Manuel, who came from Mexico as an undocumented immigrant in 1972, worked as a construction worker and after a dozen years became a United States citizen.
The Mexican immigrant couple is barely makes ends meet with a $900 monthly Social Security check. They also receive assistance from the Dallas public housing authority that pays half of their apartment rent.
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