Only 15 and Deaf, a Young Boy Sneaks into America
Photo: James Cook, Fedcap
Under the impression that America would offer a job, Jose Gutierrez left Mexico for a better life. But it was the slave trade that nabbed him instead. For two years young Jose was forced to sell trinkets on the streets and subways of New York. In exchange for shelter he turned over all his earnings to a smuggling ring. The raid in July of 1997 by the New York City Police rescued Jose. Jose was allowed to stay in the US and was given assistance by a group that helps people with disabilities find work.
Jose Gutierrez eventually found a job on Ellis Island, the entry point of 12 million immigrants to the US. Working in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.
Jose now has a daughter and a green card.
“It was a dream to be able to come here and to get a job and to succeed,” he said. “I love it and I love America and I love working.”