'The way they treated me, I don't like it at all'
AgustÆn Perez: "I went to Jackson to visit my sister. I went to see because I heard immigration was in town. I thought I'd better see if the family was okay. I saw the local police; they were searching my sister's trailer. So I didn't stop. I stopped at my sister-in-law's. I get out from the car and walk toward my sister's place. I walk to my sister's and I almost get in the trailer.
"This guy, he says, "Stop, don't move." I say, "Why?" He said, "Hands up behind your head." I said, "Why? I didn't do nothing." He started screaming and points a gun at me, and says, "Don't move," and I say, "Why?"
"The other guy walked around and grabbed me and pushed me hard against the trailer. It hurt! My brother-in-law was inside; another woman was inside. She watched everything, and my neighbor was watching, too. They saw him point the gun right at me.
"I got pissed off. I said, "Go ahead, pull the trigger. If you're gonna pull the pistol on a person, use it!" I didn't think they were going to kill me, I just thought they were trying to scare me.
"Afterwards, they said, "Why didn't you say you had papers?" and I said, "Because you didn't ask me!'
"They take advantage of the Spanish people because they think they're smarter, or what do they think? That we're less than anybody else? We come here and we take nothing away. We come here to work because we need it. We pay taxes, we spend our wages here.
"I'm tired to see so much corruption from immigration and the police. I don't care about the money. I just want some justice; that's it. The way they treated me, I don't like it at all."