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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Great Article on immigration in Shreveport Times- The Trejo's Family

Wow. I complain about the Shreveport Times but this morning I have to give them major kudos. THe Times has done a wonderful piece that touches on immigration, illegal immigration, Mexican immigrants, and how a local family loves each other very much. The Title is Local Trejo family reflects our region's identity. The major article that is the companion article and well the meat of the report is located is called Trejo family's identity straddles the border . Yep, if your from the Northwest Louisiana and asking yourselfs if that article is talking about the Trejos you would be correct.

The Trejos and their Restaurants are well know here of course. Mr Trejo's came here(illegally at first) in as a horse groomer in 1978. In 1984 his family started their first Restaurant. The rest is history. It should be noted they stayed and expanded duing the that difficult period of the oil bust in Shreveport/Bossier. They stayed and expanded the tax base while many were getting the hell out of dodge when the oil field went flat. Now there are 25 households from this village in Mexico in our town.

It is a great read. The reporter spent a lot of time with the family down in that village. In a way it is little Shreveport/Bossier Cousin. Great read.

This issue touches on illegal immigration of course. In fact it appears some people of this village are coming here illegally. I read something like this , and I see the wisdom of Bush's plan and comprehensive approach.

Shreveport/Bossier and all of us have benifited by having the Trejos in our lives. One final thought. One cannot help but notice that a good many of our business's and leading people in the community we love came from that Italian migration that occured early last century. Shreveport/Bossier would be uninagiable with these people and places we love. They added vitality and industry and most important love to this community. Shreveport is in desperate need of a repeat of that. The Trejo's in a way are a picture of a possible solution.


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